20 years after her death, Texas remembers Selena
AUSTIN, Texas - Tuesday, March 31st, marks the 20th anniversary of the death of legendary Latin superstar Selena Quintanilla.
Selena was just 23-years-old when she was murdered by the President of her fan club, Yolanda Saldivar, at a motel in Corpus Christi.
Fans across Texas and the globe are mourning her passing.
A mural in Austin can be found on the Butler Hike and Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake. It features a painting of Selena in one of her iconic outfits and roses. Selena loved white roses and one of her hit songs was titled "Como la Flor," which translates to "Like a Flower." After she passed, her family asked fans to bring white roses and the flower has become synonymous with the late singer.
The Queen of Tejano Music, Selena started out as the lead singer of her family's band Selena y los Dinos at the age of six. At 15, she won the female entertainer of the year award at the Tejano Music Awards.
Her distinct style and humble personality captured the hearts of millions. In 1994, she won a Grammy for best Mexican-American album for "Selena Live!" and was poised for crossover success that was tragically cut short.
Her death sent shockwaves around the world and the outpouring of grief was compared to the deaths of musicians such as John Lennon and Elvis. She was dubbed the "Mexican Madonna" by the American press. Her funeral drew 60,000 people.
Her final studio album, "Dreaming of You" was released posthumously in June of 1995. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.
On Thursday, April 16 there will be a celebration for Selena at the ABGB in Austin. The tribute will feature Bidi Bidi Banda, Austin's first all-star Selena cover band. Over 2,000 people have rsvp-ed for the event on Facebook. Alamo Drafthouse is hosting a sing-along screening of the film, "Selena" at its South Lamar location. This past weekend, the theater showed the film three times to packed audiences in Austin.
April 16 would have been Selena's 44th birthday. Her birthday was declared "Selena Day" in Texas back in 1995 by then Governor George W. Bush.
In her hometown of Corpus Christi, Selena's family will her host a two day celebration called "Fiesta de la Flor." According to the Corpus Christi Convention and Visitors Bureau, the event is expected to attract 50,000 fans. For more information, click here.