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20 Years After Her Death North Texans Celebrate Selena's Music

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    20th Anniversary of Selena's Death

    North Texans enjoy listening to Selena’s music and celebrating her life 20 years after her death. (Published Tuesday, March 31, 2015)

    It has been 20 years since the music world lost Tejano superstar Selena, but devotion to the singer runs deep in Texas, especially on the anniversary of her death.

    At KNON 89.3-FM in Dallas, the requests for Selena come in daily.

    “If we don’t play it for a whole show, folks will call up and ask us to play some Selena,” said radio disc jockey Jesse Gonzales.

    Gonzales was 13 years old when the “Queen of Tejano” was murdered inside a Corpus Christi hotel on March 31, 1995. He had just seen her perform in Oak Cliff months before.

    DFW Pays Tribute to Selena

    [DFW] DFW Pays Tribute to Selena
    Twenty years after the death of Texas native Selena at age 23, people in Dallas gathered to remember the Tejano music star who was on the brink of super stardom at the time of her death.
    (Published Saturday, March 28, 2015)

    “She always put on a show,” said Gonzales. “She never just sang to you. She made sure you were part of what she was doing.”

    Selena's death at the hands of her fan club president, Yolanda Saldivar, sent shock waves through the Latino community. Cars with ribbons and messages of mourning could be seen driving across North Texas following her death in 1995.

    Twenty years later, the sorrow has turned to celebration. Parties in Oak Cliff over the weekend honored her life, and the movie version of her life story played at the Texas Theatre. The celebrations were attended by fans of all ages – including many young people who were not alive at the time of Selena’s death.

    Gonzales said that’s because her soulful sound remains relevant.

    “She spoke to us, our culture, who we are,” said Gonzales. “Everything that is going on in her music back then is still going on in our communities today. Our people are still going through the same things that they’ve been going through for the last 20 years.”

    Saldivar is serving a life sentence in the singer's death.

    Life and Music of Selena Celebrated in DFW

    [DFW] North Texans Remember Selena
    Tuesday marks 20 years since the passing of Selena. She was murdered before her crossover album topped music charts. This weekend, North Texans celebrated Selena's life and music with art and by watching the film based on her life.
    (Published Sunday, March 29, 2015)

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