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Selena Quintanilla: Lost Footage of Slain Tejano Pop Star Found

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Selena Quintanilla interviewed in 1994 about her first Grammy Award, a year before she was murdered. (screengrab of Smithsonian YouTube video)

By    |   Monday, 09 Oct 2017 04:50 AM

Lost footage of Selena Quintanilla has emerged two decades later after an unmarked tape containing an interview with the Tejano pop star about winning her first Grammy Award was discovered in an old TV camera.

In the 1994 interview, a year before she was murdered, an excited and animated Quintanilla talks to Tejano USA about winning the award.

“When they first told us that we were nominated, we all freaked out,” the singer says in the interview, per People magazine.

“We couldn’t believe it. The first thing, I promise, the first thing that came to mind is, like, ‘I have to take a camera, so I can take pictures with all of these stars.’ It didn’t hit me later until, like, when I thought, ‘Oh my God. What if we win?’ ”

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History said the tape was discovered by fluke after the camera was donated by Univision, the parent company of San Antonio’s KWEX-TV.

The station’s production manager had put the unlabeled ¾ inch tape in the camera to show what format the camera used and it was only once the museum digitized the video this year that the footage was discovered.

Quintanilla died in 1995, at just 23, after being shot by the founder of her fan club, Yolanda Saldívar, in Corpus Christi, Texas. Quintanilla reportedly had confronted her about embezzling money from the fan club.

Saldivar is serving a life sentence at the Mountain View Facility in Gatesville, Texas and will be eligible for parole in 2025.

The interview itself had slipped into obscurity after Quintanilla’s death. The production manager who was responsible for directing the segment with the pop star told Smithsonian staff he had searched high and low for the tape after the singer died.

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