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The Life, Legacy, and Tragic End of Selena

Selena Quintanilla Perez or simply Selena was a bilingual singer and performer in the early 1990s, and was later murdered on March 31, 1995.

Selena was born on April 16, 1971. Selena’s father, Abraham Quintanilla Jr, practiced music, and her mother, Marcella Ofelia Samora, was a stay-at-home mom. Selena grew up in Lake Jackson, Texas, speaking English. Later on, her dad taught her how to perform songs in Spanish so she could start performing. When she was 10, Selena started singing for her family band, Selena Y Los Dinos. The band recorded seven albums all together and 31 singles.

In 1989, Selena decided to go solo. Her most popular songs were “Tu Solo Tu” which was No.1 on the charts for 10 weeks, and “Amor Prohibido” which reached No.1 for nine weeks.

At the age of 23, Selena was shot and murdered in her apartment by her fan club manager Yolonda Salvador on March 31, 1995. Hours after the shooting occurred, Salvidar gave herself up to the police. The court case was described as “the most important trial” for the Latino community. Salvador was sentenced to life in prison but will be released early in 2025. Her fans were devastated, many memorials were created in her memory such as a statue of her being built in her hometown, which took place shortly after her death.

Selena’s death might have impacted the world more than her life. But her many accomplishments, like winning the Female Vocalist of the Year award at the Tejano Music Awards when she was only 15, and her song, “Tu Solo Tu” winning Song of the Year in 1996, prove her to be more than worthy of her fame and glory. Selena single-handedly expanded the amount of Texan-Mexican music lovers, just by doing what she loved.

[Source: Texas State Historical Association, Biography,com]

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