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Selena Gomez breaks down during Hand in Hand telethon

She's known for singing through her emotions on stage through pop ballads and jazzy dance numbers.

But Selena Gomez made a heartfelt plea to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey as she told the story of a family that drowned near her hometown during the Hand In Hand telethon on Tuesday evening.

The 25-year-old singer broke down in tears during a taped portion of the fundraiser as she remembered the lives of the Saldivar family. 

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Sad note: Selena Gomez made a heartfelt plea to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey as she told the story of a family that drowned near her hometown during the Hand In Hand telethon on Tuesday evening

Sad note: Selena Gomez made a heartfelt plea to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey as she told the story of a family that drowned near her hometown during the Hand In Hand telethon on Tuesday evening

Her words: 'August 27, seven members of the Saldivar family tried to escape the rising flood waters,' Gomez said during a taped portion of the televised fundraiser

Her words: 'August 27, seven members of the Saldivar family tried to escape the rising flood waters,' Gomez said during a taped portion of the televised fundraiser

Her words: 'August 27, seven members of the Saldivar family tried to escape the rising flood waters,' Gomez said during a taped portion of the televised fundraiser

'August 27, seven members of the Saldivar family tried to escape the rising flood waters,' Gomez said during a taped portion of the televised fundraiser. 'Their van is swept into the bayou, only Sammy Saldivar manages to survive.'

The Saldivars were relatives of the late iconic singer Selena Quintanilla.

'I come from Grand Prairie, about 250 miles away from the Saldivar’s home,' she continued while holding back tears.

It hit her heart: 'I come from Grand Prairie, about 250 miles away from the Saldivar¿s home,' she continued while holding back tears

It hit her heart: 'I come from Grand Prairie, about 250 miles away from the Saldivar’s home,' she continued while holding back tears

From NY: The 25-year-old singer broke down in tears during a taped portion of the fundraiser as she remembered the lives of the Saldivar family

From NY: The 25-year-old singer broke down in tears during a taped portion of the fundraiser as she remembered the lives of the Saldivar family

The Saldivar family was en-route evacuating from Hurricane Harvey when the driver Sammy lost control of the van before it plunged into a bayou. 

Sammy was able to escape through the driver's side window, but his family became trapped in the van.

The deceased included Devy, 16, Dominic, 14, Xavier, eight, and

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