The subculture of Selena Quintanilla Pérez super-fandom, or Selenidad , was born out of grief. After the Queen of Tejano music was murdered on March 31st, 1995 — shot once in the back by the president of her fan club, Yolanda Saldivar — her Mexican American fans mourned her. For some it was like a close relative had been assassinated and an untouchable, living religious diva was extinguished before she could perform her miracles. When Dreaming of You , her first English-language album, was released posthumously that summer, it sold over 175,000 copies in a single day and eventually over 3 million copies. In her home state of Texas, they painted large murals of her, erected a statue, named a park in her honor and made her Corpus Christi music studio into a museum. All these decades later, fans still put her photos up on their Día De Muertos ofrendas and dress up in her most famous outfits on the anniversary of her death. Related Stories ‘Feel Good’ Season 2 Does More With Less ‘Sweet Tooth’: A Gentle Take on a Dystopian Tale Related Stories Chasteness, Soda Pop, and Show Tunes: The Lost Story of the Young Americans and the… Read full this story
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