From the Archives: 20/20 sits down with Selena's killer

Posted at 9:53 AM, Mar 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-31 13:36:50-04

Thursday marks 21 years since the death of Latin superstar and Texas native Selena Quintanilla-Perez.

The Grammy award-winning singer, known simply as Selena, was at that top of her career in 1995 with hits like "Baila Esta Cumbia" and  "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom."

All of that success was cut short when she was gunned down by her fan club president in Corpus Christi at just 23-years-old.     

Her killer, Yolanda Saldivar, sat down with ABC News' Deborah Roberts for an interview in 1995.

Saldivar explains her side of what happened the day Selena was shot and killed.

"She went down, she grabbed my feet and told me not to leave her and I picked her up and told her 'just leave.'" Saldivar explained. "I grabbed the gun, put it to my head, pulled the thing back, and I said 'if you don't leave, I'm gonna do it Selena.'"

Watch the full 20/20 interview above or you can click here.

Saldivar is currently serving a 30-year sentence in protective custody at a Gatesville women's prison.

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