Selena was known as the Mexican Madonna and the Queen of Tejano music. Fans adored Selena Quintanilla for her music and fashion. Her cousin, Mona Quintanilla, said she still gets emotional thinking about Selena.
“She represented it in such a fun way, and she was a light in every way,” Mona Quintanilla said. Selena would have turned 50 on Friday, but she was murdered in Corpus Christi by the president of her fan club on March 31, 1995, just 16 days before her 24th birthday.
Abraham Quintanilla, her father, made the announcement.
“A disgruntled employee murdered my daughter Selena this morning.”Her family and fans were taken aback by the news. Around the world, candlelight vigils were held.”“I get emotional talking about it and thinking about it to this day,” Mona Quintanilla said.And, if she was big in life, she was even bigger after she died.Selena was featured on magazine covers, there was a film made about her life, and now there is a Netflix series based on her life. Her supporters vowed not to let her legacy die.
Simon Molina, the promoter, mentioned it in 1995.
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“Selena is not no longer alive. Selena is still alive. Selena will live on in the hearts of little children who sing Bidi Bidi Bom Bom,” Simon Molina said.
Some people may be surprised to learn that Selena did not grow up singing in Spanish. Selena discussed it in an interview with WFAA in 1994.
“When I was younger, I didn’t listen to Tejano music, and my father started teaching us what the words meant,” Selena explained.
But it was her music that cemented her status as a cultural icon.
Mona recalled eating at a Denny’s in Dallas with Selena just a few months before her death.
“And there were literally hundreds of people in the parking lot staring into the glass, watching us eat and hang out,” Mona explained.
Mona believes Selena would be overjoyed that people are still dancing to her music after all these years because that is what she lived for.
“Selena was a trailblazer and a pioneer in a male-dominated genre. She did it with style and grace. The Smithsonian Institution has added Selena items and images to its collection. Selena Rocks! “Mona stated.
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