Latin world remembers Selena 20 years after her murder

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 1993, file photo, Selena performs at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo inside the Astrodome in Houston. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Dave Einsel, File)
In this Feb. 27, 1993, file photo, Selena performs at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo inside the Astrodome in Houston. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Dave Einsel, File)

(NBC/KXAN) — Twenty years after Selena’s murder, the Latin world will remember “the Queen of Tejano” with concerts, look-alike contests, dances and a massive festival Tuesday. Selena began performing as a child, singing in “Los Dinos,” a band formed by her father that featured her brother A.B. on bass and sister Suzette on drums.

Selena won a best Mexican-American album Grammy for “Live,” had several hits in the U.S. and was about to cross over to the English-language pop market when, on March 31, 1995, she was murdered by Yolanda Saldivar, the president of her fan club.

Her posthumous album, “Dreaming of You,” which was mostly recorded in English, topped the Billboard 200 chart and stayed atop the Latin charts for nine months. Saldivar is serving a life sentence in her death.

Corpus Christi will host a Selena tribute at Molina Veterans Park on Tuesday — the 20-year anniversary of her murder. And closer to her birthday, April 16, the city will host the “Festival de la Flor” on April 17 and April 18. Tickets will cost no more than $5, and the city expects attendance to hit 50,000.

And in a few weeks in San Antonio, there will be a 5K called “Bidi Bidi Fun Run.” In California, New York and Illinois, there will be concerts and look-alike contests. Here in Austin, there is colorful memorial that runners and walkers pass through every day. The image sits on the east side of Lady Bird Lake off Pleasant Valley Road.

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