Family of 6 Drowned in Van During Hurricane Harvey Related to Late Tejano Superstar Selena
The late singer Selena was related to a family killed during Hurricane Harvey, her father said.
The father of late Tejano idol Selena Quintanilla is mourning the loss of six relatives who tragically drowned when their van was swallowed by Hurricane Harvey floodwaters.
Selena’s father, Abraham Quintanilla, said in a social media post that the four children and their great-grandparents were members of his extended family.
“Manuel Saldivar and his wife Velia and four of their grandkids left their flooded house to somewhere where there was safety,” he wrote.
“When they cross a bridge a wave of water swept the van and push (sic) them into the bayou,” Quintanilla said. “Manuel and his wife and four grandkids drowned.”
The dead have been identified as Manuel, 84, Belia, 81, Devy, 16, Dominic, 15, Xavier, 8, and Daisy, 6. They lived in Houston.
Quintanilla described the kids as grandchildren, but other family member said they were actually great-grandchildren.
Manuel’s mother was the first cousin of Quintanilla’s father.
"We are devastated," the youngsters' grandmother, Virginia, told NBC.
Selena, known as the “Queen of Tejano” music, was one of the most famous Mexican-American entertainers in recent times.
She died in 1995 at age 23 after she was shot by Yolanda Saldivar the president of her fan club and manager of the singer's fashion boutiques. Yolanda Saldivar shot the celebrity after being confronted about embezzling money from the fan club.
Saldivar, who has no reported connection to the family killed in the Harvey flood, was convicted of murder and is currently serving a life sentence at Mountain View Unit in Dallas.
She will not be eligible for parole until 2025.
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