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Selena's Biography

Selena was born to Marcela and Abraham Quintanilla on April, 16, 1971. She
was the third and last child after Suzzette and Abraham Junior III. As a little girl
of 8 years old Selena worked singing at bars, weddings, restaurants, fairs, and
such. The band she worked in was called "Selena Y Los Dinos" formed by her
father, Abraham Quintanilla. Her sister, Suzzette, played the drums and her
brother, Abraham Junior, played the bass.

Selena barely enjoyed her childhood. She used to always play challenging
games in school and with neighborhood friends. Dolls were not much her style,
Selena was athletic (e.g. running, hide and seek, basket ball, climb trees and
such). Instead of having a normal childhood, her father, a professional and
experienced Musician and ex-member of the original "Los Dinos" from the
nineteen-sixties, influenced Selena and her three brothers to be dedicated
Musicians. A boyfriend could have never been on her schedule, considering
music as a carrier was a time consuming business.

The Country/Tex-Mex band officially started in 1981. The band was considered
to be the "family business" of the Quintanilla family. This business was the main
source they relied on to put food on the table. Since 1981 until late 80's the
family went through very rough times. They barely had money for food, had to
apply for food stamps, and on many occassions, they could not afford to pay a
motel. Time and patience was what kept them going.

In the late nineteen-eighties Selena Y Los Dinos gained popularity in the

western states, which by then Mexican immigrants were more prominent in the
United States than ever. Due to all the work imposed by the music business
Selena abandoned school. Nevertheless, Selena Y Los Dinos savored their first
success in 1986 when Selena received the "Female Vocalist Of The Year" and
"Performer Of The Year" awards at the Tejano Music Awards. Since then the
band has been among the top winners, taking awards in numerous categories
year after year. Selena Y Los Dinos then went from bar performers to national
performers. They appeared on "El Show De Johnny Canales", "Siempre En
Domingo", "Sabado Gigante", "El Festival De La Calle Ocho" and other
prestigious shows.

By the early nineties Chris Perez entered the band as the Guitarist. As it is to
expect, Selena without a boyfriend and Chris without a girlfriend, the fortunate
Guitarist lost no time in dating the beautiful Vocalist. Selena's father, Abraham,
totally opposed to the relationship and threaten to suspend Chris Perez from the
music group. This was not seen as a threat at all, Selena could have been a
solist and there were Rock 'n Roll bands offering contracts to Chris. The couple
had deaf ears for Abraham's threats and married on April 2, 1992.
As Selena's popularity spread through out the Latin world, Yolanda Saldivar, a
thirty-two years old certified Nurse in Texas, found Selena in a concert in 1993.
In that same year, Yolanda immediately contacted the singer's fan club
organization and left numerous messages on the answering machine. Abraham,
father and manager of Selena, was intrigued and hired her as the president of
Selena's fan club.

A couple of months later, Yolanda met Selena personally and describes her first
encounter as "meeting Whitney Houston". Yolanda Saldivar, obsessed or not,
gained access to the personal life of Selena. She became the chaperon and
intimate friend of Selena Quintanilla. It is rumored that the Nurse and the
Vocalist shared secrets. These "secrets" were the bound between these two

Selena not satisfied with all of her music's success, she aspired to be a fashion
Designer with Martin Gomez, a professional young Designer in Texas. In 1994
Selena opened her first boutique "Selena, Etc. Inc." located in 5410 Leopard St.
Suite B. in the heart of Corpus Christi, Texas. Another two stores followed, one
in San Antonio, Texas and another in Monterrey, Mexico. The naked truth is that
at that time non of her boutiques were going well.

By early 1995 Yolanda is being confronted by Abraham Quintanilla, who alleges

Yolanda Saldivar was stealing money from the fan club. Yolanda denied the
accusation. Selena and her father met with the fan club's president to question
her about the issue. Yolanda had no concrete answers and Selena suspected
she was guilty of fraud. Obviously, Selena felt betrayed.