Selena Quintanilla’s legacy is alive and well in 2017. The late singer was honored with with Madame Tussaud wax figures in Hollywood and New York, as well as a Google Doodle in commemoration of the anniversary of her first studio album, Selena. On Nov. 3, she posthumously received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which the mayor of Los Angeles proclaimed “Selena Day” going forward. Now, the Reelz Channel will end the year with a look at the darker side of the beloved Tejano singer’s life story by focusing on her murderer, Yolanda Saldívar.
Murder Made Me Famous: Yolanda Saldívar — set to air on Dec. 9 — chronicles what motivated Saldívar, Quintanilla’s fan club’s president, to fatally shoot the Tex-Mex queen in 1995. Ahead of the documentary’s release, the network gave an exclusive sneak peek to Latina.com of two reenactments that appear on the film. The first dramatization shows the Quintanilla family confronting Saldívar about embezzlement. The second presents Selena’s final moments alive in the motel room before she was killed.
“Yolanda was firing boutique employees left and right because of cash flow problems,” says Steve Helling, a PEOPLE crime reporter, in the clip. “But those problems were because of Yolanda. She was stealing money from the company bank account.”
The verdict’s out on how the show will sit with viewers. Back in June, when a trailer of Telemundo’s TV adaptation of journalist Maria Celeste Arrarás’s book on Quintanilla, El Secreto de Selena, leaked, fans were outraged by its graphic nature. It depicts the murder of the singer, starting off with the gunshot that ended her life, followed by an actress playing Quintanilla fleeing a motel room covered in blood. “Idk why they’d let it be a tv show,” wrote one person on Twitter. “Selena is gone, they need to let her rest in peace.”
The one-hour episode of Murder Made Me Famous: Yolanda Saldivar will air Saturday, Dec. 9.