Abraham Quintanilla related to family of six swept away in Houston flooding

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The family of six that were swept away in Houston flood waters on Sunday were related to Abraham Quintanilla.

The father of late Tejano music icon Selena posted via social media on Tuesday that the Saldivar family, who’s van was swept during the flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey, were related to him.

“The family that drowned in Houston, Texas were related to me,” Quintanilla posted on his Facebook page.


Six members of the Saldivar family were swept away in the Houston flood on Sunday. | Courtesy photos

Manuel Saldivar, 84, his wife Belia, 81, and great-grandchildren Daisy Saldivar, 6, Xavier Saldivar, 8, Dominique Saldivar, 14, Devy Saldivar, 16 were in the van as they tried to seek higher ground from the flood waters.

“Manuel Salidvar and his wife Velia and 5 of their grandkids left left their flooded house to go somewhere, where there was safety,” Quintanilla wrote. “When they cross a bridge a wave of water swept the van and push them into the bayou, the driver was saved but Manuel and his wife and 4 grandkids drowned.”

Quintanilla added how he was related to the family, “Manuel’s mother Carolina was my father’s first cousin.”

Authorities confirm they took an official report on the incident, but the vehicle and bodies have not been recovered at this time.

GoFundMe account has been created to help the Saldivar family with a memorial fund.

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Romeo is media professional with over 20 years of experience in radio and digital media. He is the Managing Editor for, the premiere website for Tejano music, news and entertainment and oversees programming for Q99.5 in San Angelo, Texas.

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