A van carrying a family of six that was washed away during Hurricane Harvey were the relatives of Selena Quintanilla, the late Tejano singer’s father confirmed in a Facebook post.
Abraham Quintanilla expressed his sentiments to his relatives who tragically drowned amid the natural disaster that devastated southeastern Texas.
“The family that drowned in Houston Texas were related to me,” he wrote in the Aug. 28 Facebook post. “Manuel Saldivar and his wife (Belia) 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.”
Abraham said his relation to the victims were that his father and Manuel were cousins.
“The driver was saved but manuel and his wife and 4 grandkids drowned,” he wrote.
Family members identified the deceased as Saldivar, 84; Beila, 81, and the four young brothers and sisters — 16-year-old Devy; 15-year-old Dominic; 8-year-old Xavier and 6-year-old Daisy.
Hurricane Harvey, a category four storm has left parts of Texas beneath water in its wake. More than 40,000 homes were ruined and countless other businesses as well. As houses continued to sink, many took to social media to seek help with evacuation and amenities.
Following the destruction, megachurch pastor Joel Olsteen faced backlash for not opening his 10,000 plus square footage church to those seeking refuge.
Selena was a major fixture in her Texas town of Corpus Christi, as people continue to stop by her childhood home to pay tribute to the deceased singer.
She was murdered by her fan club president two decades ago.