Singer Selena Quintanilla shot to superstardom in the 1990s thanks to her Grammy-winning music. The stunning songstress won over thousands of hearts in both the U.S. and Mexico with songs such as “Amor Prohibido.”
But at age 23, Selena’s life was tragically cut short in March of 1995 when the former president of her fan club shot her at a Corpus Christi motel, according to The New York Times.
And now, her family is facing loss yet again.Vinnie Zuffante/Getty Images
According to People magazine, several of the late singer’s relatives lost their lives when Hurricane Harvey devastated Texas in late August.
Abraham Quintanilla, Selena’s father, revealed the heartbreaking news on Monday in a Facebook post.Screenshot/Facebook
According to NBC News, 84-year-old Manuel Saldivar, 81-year-old Belia Saldivar, and four of their great-grandchildren died while attempting to flee the floodwaters of Hurricane Harvey.
The children, Daisy Saldivar, 6; Xavier Saldivar, 8; Dominic Saldivar, 15; and Devy Saldivar, 16, drowned along with their great-grandparents when their family van plunged into the water after the storm.
The man driving, who was another relative, managed to survive by holding onto a tree branch. According to NBC News, he had to watch as the van washed away.Screenshot/GoFundMe
Selena’s father said that the six family members tragically lost were related to him through through his father’s side of the family. Abraham wrote that they died attempting to drive their van across a bridge and offered his condolences on Facebook:
“The family that drowned in Houston Texas were related to me Manuel Saldivar and his wife velia and 4 of their grandkids left their flooded house to go somewhere where there was safety, When they cross a bridge a wave of water swept the van and push them in to the bayou the driver was saved but manuel and his wife and 4 grandkids drowned.. manuels mother Carolina Was my father’s 1st cousin. My condolences to their family // 2nd Corinthians Chapter 1 verse 3 says praised be the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ the father of Tender Mercies and the God of all comfort.”
The children’s grandmother, Virginia Saldivar, said she was “devastated” by the loss of her grandchildren. The family has since received an outpouring of support.
Several GoFundMe fundraisers have been started for the Saldivar family. They have collectively raised more than $96,000 already.
Though the money will help the Saldivar family recover from the storm, nothing will bring back their lost loved ones.