Gloria de la Cruz known locally as “Selna double” was a young woman from California (some media indicates that she was 18 years old) and who was tragically killed by her would-be partner, Corrie Robinson in 1996. Gloria de la Cruz who used the stage name of Leticia Miller had auditioned for the role of Selena: The Series based on “queen of the Tex-Mex“ based on the renowned singer, Selena Quintanilla also killed in 1995.
Her resemblance to the singer was evident and attracted everyone’s attention, she was not considered to advance the selection process (although she would have stated that she had stayed with the role) and the protagonist finally got it Jlo.
Gloria de la Cruz Murder
Gloria de la Cruz’s body was found inside a garbage container in Los Angeles just months after the audition of Selan. Press reports indicated that the young woman had been strangled and that her murderer had set the body on fire.
On April 21, 1996, this girl who lived in the community of El Río near the city of Oxnard, was seen at a party with some friends, and the next day, her charred body was found in the district of Wilshire bringing shockwaves among the Latino community in LA.
Her Boyfriend was Identified as the Perpetrator of the Murder
Police investigations revealed that the murder was committed by Corrie Robinson, who would have been the victim’s partner. Robinson sexually abused Gloria in her grandmother’s garage in Oxnard. He then suffocated her and placed her body in the trunk of her car and drove to Wilshire.
Robinson, who had a history of gender-based violence, placed the young woman’s body in a garbage container, doused it with gasoline, and set it on fire. The remains were so damaged that it took authorities 17 days to identify the victim. The suspect was arrested in January 1997 and, although he denied the accusations, authorities found his DNA and traces of his semen and blood on the victim’s body.
In 1999, Corrie Robinson was sentenced to life in prison, without the possibility of parole.