Article by Selena

Our fifth and sixth grade English classes have been working on newspaper articles, and this was written by Perkins 5th grader Selena Figueroa. She is now an expert on Selena Perez. Enjoy!

Selena Quintanilla Perez

Selena was born April 13, 1971 in Lake Jackson, Texas. Selena was an amazing dancer and singer; she had a lot of talent. Selena was a Mexican Latin-American singer and she was really famous.

Selena started singing when she was six. When she was nine she was in a family band called “los Dinos”, that means “the dinosaurs”. In the was her father , Abraham Quintanilla, her mother, Marcela Quintanilla, her sister, Suzzette Quintanilla, and her brother Abraham Quintanilla junior the third. Selena attended O.M Roberts Elementary school in Lake Jackson. At age eleven she had became a star.
Selena ran away at age 21 and got married to Chris Perez. She ran away to get married to Chris Perez because her father didn’t want her marrying him. Selena got married in Corpus Christi.

In 1995 Yolanda Saldivar, the founder of Selena fan club and manager of Selena’s clothing boutiques shot her at the Day Inn hotel in Corpus Christi. Yolanda was jealous of Selena so she started stealing money from the fan club. When fans started to complain, she was questioned by Selena and Abraham Quintanilla, she denied taking it. At a later date she called Selena and asked to meet her at Days Inn hotel to discuss the financial issue at hand. As they proceeded to talk they started to argue, and when Selena went to leave she was shot in the back. Selena managed to escape into the lobby where she named Saldivar as the killer. An hour later Selena died in a local hospital because of loss of blood. Selena died March 31, 1995 at 1:05 pm.

Lots of people were very sad that she died. 34-year old Yolanda Saldivar was sent to jail for 30 years. Selena died two weeks before her 24th birthday. George W. Bush declared April 16, “Selena Day” in her honor. Selena was an important national figure because she was the first American-born Latina singer.

Reporter-Selena Figueroa

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