On the morning of March 31, 1995, Selena Quintanilla Perez was shot by the president of her fan club and her longtime friend, Yolanda Saldívar, in a Corpus Christi hotel room.
Selena later died at Corpus Christi Memorial Hospital from a gunshot wound to the back. It was a crime that shocked the community and the world.
Selena was only 23 years old when she was murdered, but her legacy would live on endlessly.
“She opened up the market for Mexican Americans,” Texas A&M University Kingsville Professor Dr. Manuel Flores previously told 3NEWS. “For the first time, they realized that there was somebody that could push the market for, open up markets for all these different businesses to sell products.”
28 years after her death, Selena’s name is still one that brings attention. A posthumous album released in 2022, Moonchild Mixes, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Pop Albums chart. The album featured 10 Selena songs recorded when she was a teen that were remixed by her brother, A.B. Quintanilla.
Gaga wearing a Selena Quintanilla shirt 😭 a legend supporting another legend. pic.twitter.com/cgI1aAofeM— carmen 💅🏻 (@LMcx18) September 9, 2019
“Selena’s humor & joking personality resonated w/ anyone she touched, inspiring positivity and motivation,” the tweet said.
Her face continues to be on merchandise worn by fans, new and old. Bad Bunny, the world’s top-selling artist, was recently seen sporting a Selena shirt.
He’s swearing a Selena Quintanilla shirt, ugh we love that he supports Mexican American legends pic.twitter.com/tt5UJT38jT— dani (@setfirepurpose) August 19, 2022
Selena’s favorite food was pizza and she presumed that she could eat a pizza by herself.
The singer appeared in the telenovela “Dos mujeres, un camino”.
Her favorite songs written by her were “Forbidden Love” and “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom”.
More than a hundred thousand fans attended her funeral.