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Selena

The tragic shooting death of Tejano singer Selena spawned a reaction within the Latino community that can be compared to the reactions to the deaths of Elvis Presley and John Lennon. An enormously popular singer in Latino communities across North America, her music crossed cultural boundaries to touch the lives of young and old alike. A flamboyant, sexy stage performer sometimes hailed as the Latina Madonna, Selena was nonetheless considered a role model for off-stage she was family oriented, active in anti-drug campaigns and AIDS awareness programs.

She was born Selena Quintanilla to Mexican-American parents in Lake Jackson, TX. Before her birth, her father Abraham had been a member of los Dinos. When Selena began performing at the age of ten, her father became her manager and los Dinos became her backing band. In 1983, she made her recording debut after appearing on the popular radio show of L.A. deejay Johnnie Canales. While Selena grew up understanding Spanish, English was her first language. Her first records were recorded in Spanish, and she sang the words phonetically. After her music began to catch on, she began learning Spanish formally and by the time of her death, she was fluent in the language.

In 1987, she was named Female Vocalist of the Year and Performer of the Year at the Tejano Music Awards. Two years later she signed with EMI Latin and in 1990, she and los Dinos released their eponymous debut album. Later that year she released a singles compilation, Personal Best, and she also released Ven Conmigo. In 1991 the title track of the latter became the first Tejano record to go gold. Selena also released two more albums, including one of cumbia music, Baila Esta Cumbia that year. Selena married Los Dinos' lead guitarist Chris Perez in April of 1992. Other group members included her brother, Abraham Quintanilla, III, who played bass and penned many of her songs, and her sister Suzette, the drummer. She won her first Grammy in 1993 for Best Mexican American Performance for her album Selena Live. That same year, she released an album of love songs, Quiero, and she also opened Selena Etc, a clothing manufacturing business. In 1994, she made her feature-film debut in Don Juan DeMarco, in which she played a singer. Later that year, she and her band embarked upon a tour of New York, L.A., Argentina, and Puerto Rico. Amor Prohibido was released in 1994; the record's title track won a Grammy and went gold. In 1995, Selena began preparing to make her breakthrough into the American pop mainstream.

In the spring of that year she was working on her first English-language album, when she went to a motel room in Corpus Christi, TX, to fire 34-year-old Yolanda Saldivar, the woman who managed Selena's boutique in San Antonio, and the founder of the Selena fan club. A few days before the confrontation, Selena's father had unearthed paperwork proving that Saldivar had been embezzling from the fan club. Saldivar and Selena argued and as the singer left, she was shot in the back. Selena didn't die right away and managed to stagger into the lobby where she named Saldivar as the killer. An hour later, Selena died in a local hospital.

It was a death that rocked the entire Latino music industry. Saldivar was convicted for the murder of Selena in November, 1995 and sentenced to at least 30 years in prison.

A special service was held in the Los Angeles Coliseum where she was to give a concert. Less than a month later, Texas governor George W. Bush declared April 16, "Selena Day," in her honor. Dreaming of You, her final album, was released posthumously in the early summer. It became the first Tejano album to reach number one in America and was double platinum by the end of the year. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
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Love this song. God I miss u SELENA
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Such an beautiful woman . Had amazing voice and a heart of gold to match. I am dreaming of you. May she rest in peace. Love you and miss your smile
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I love you u rock
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Love you Selena❤️❤️❤️
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I love Selena and i miss her she was a good friend and i really miss her and the people who said that hated Selena don't lobe her self or him she was a really good sing and everyone love her ������������
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How said that hate Selena don't love him or her self and i know alot
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I was at her last consert at 1995 until she died on March 31,1995.

We all miss you Selena Quintanilla Perez��
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cinnabetty
Selena is a nice girl that people would love to met!I am 9 and I know a lot scout!
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ramirez0006
I really wanted to see you when I was little . You are my hero ,Selena.��
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i love u
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Hi Selena girl I love Selena
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Love you
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cinnabetty
Love for live
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cinnabetty
O love her she was a great and beautiful!!! ! ! ! !
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I was almost about to meet her. F**k the Person that killed her
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She will forever be loved and I'm a proud Mexican American like she was����
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cinnabetty
I hate selena's killer!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! a n d why did she killer her
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R.I.P Selena!!! :) ;)
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The person who shot her is a bad person but, Selena is the greatest singer in the world!
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churst84420
Bcjndchdbcjd c n j c h g h k
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She is a beautiful young lady and I ❤️ Her music she shouldn't died��
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Selena was such a great person she didn't deserve to get shot I love her music
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myerika66
Love you my girls name is Selena������
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My favorite song is como la flor
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I wish Selena never got shot I love you Selena rest In peace❤����
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Ashley Love Selena just like the movie it is good movie for me and my boyfriend
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I love selena I hope she rests in peace I love u and if ur birthday passed I don't know when but happy birthday love u R.I.P Selena
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I feel so bad I wish could meet selena
��������but I love selena song and bet selena family is still sad about selena
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I love the songs selena
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I <3 Selena she should have never died
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Selena I love you so much you where an inspiration to me and my family
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Ok so don't read this unless 15 or older. you will be kissed by on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. If you don't post this on five stations you will be injured ( not die) in 2 days. Now that you started reading you can't stop. Do this in the next 134 minutes. When you are done press f6 and your lovers name will appear in big letters
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: I Love You Selena You Were An Inspiration To Me I Wanted To Become A Singer Just Like You When I Was Little You Are My Idol People Said I Looked Like You When I Was Younger ❤ Your Now A Beautiful Angel Fly High Mi Reinaa ���� La Reina De La Cumbia ❤ Long Lives Selena ❤
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SELENA I STILL HAVE YOU AUTOGRAPHED PICTURE YOU GAVE ME MAMITA. ITS FRAMED IN MY LIVINGROOM WALL. R.I.P. BABY GIRL.
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I love u ❤❤❤❤
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Love this song because it remains me of one of my ex's:(
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I love u Selena quintanilla Perez rip <3
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I love you selena
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Te amo�� Selena Quintanilla Perez, your songs are very touching and if it wasn't for Yolanda's fault��you would still be alive, well I'll see you in heaven if that's what God wishes, R.I.P�������
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Selena is such an inspiration for all of us! she was such an amazing person... RIP Selena quintanilla perez.. we love you, your in are hearts forever
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Selena we love you !!!❤️❤️❤️❤️
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I miss her very much ������������
it is all because of Yolanda's fault ������������
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Selena you will be forever in our hearts r.i.p
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You touched my heart from the very first day I could remember gone but never forgotten. ..""SELENA""
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I love u Selena I want u to know that ur MY idol. It even says that on my bio for my profile. U were gone to soon.... I love u and I miss u.. R.I.P
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I love you so much vi been wanted to meet you ever since I was a teenager
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smith2.willi a m 3
Love you ���������� your the best RIP
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Your the best all ways remember that and you will all ways be I'm people hearts ������������
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U were the best singer rest in peace
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Your the best idolo
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