Where are Selena's parents now? How Abraham and Marcella Quintanilla are keeping their daughter's legacy alive
It's hard enough for any parent to lose a child, but the brutal manner in which Latin Pop sensation Selena's life was cut short, is a challenge that is difficult to contemplate. For Abraham and Marcella Quintanilla, it's one they've had to deal with ever since they lost their daughter over two decades ago at the young age of 23.
Abraham Quintanilla, who is now 81 years old, reportedly took Selena's death particularly badly. Reportedly he blames himself for his daughter's untimely death, as he was the one who hired Yolanda Salvidar who shot Selena. Reportedly Abraham suffered from distress and deep depression over the incident.
Abraham and Marcella Quintanilla have however found some solace in honouring Selena's legacy and also giving back to society with The Selena Foundation, which helps children in need. While Abraham has worked on several projects to honour his daughter's life, including serving as co-producer on the 1997 Jennifer Lopez starrer 'Selena', and being involved with the Selena museum, he is now reportedly writing a book on his daughter's life as well.
On the book, Abraham said, "Since my daughter Selena died I been wanting to write a book. The public might not be aware that there are about 21 unauthorized books written about Selena and none of the writers ever interviewed Selena. And I feel that the most ugly book was written by Telemundo's Maria Celeste Ararras the woman for reasons which I can't understand took sides with the woman who killed Selena. My family and I and Chris Perez know exactly what happened, as l mentioned non of the writers or even Maria Celeste ever interviewed Selena. I will release the book later this year."
Abraham, who obviously has an eye for musical talent, also continues to discover and nurture talent through Q Productions, the family's music production company.
As for Selena's mother Marcella, who is now 76, while her daughter's music is obviously her legacy, she hopes people remember her daughter's large heart as well. Her mother recalled Selena's generosity of spirit and remembered how a fan once admired Selena's boots. With barely a thought, Selena took off the boots and gave them to her fan.
Selena's mother said, “This girl admired the boots that she (Selena) was wearing, and she took them off and gave them to her. That’s how kindhearted she was. If you said something negative about somebody, she would say something positive. She didn’t like negativity … She had a big heart.”
To find out more about the relationship Selena shared with her parents, you can catch part two of 'Selena: The Series' on Netflix on May 4.