Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, born April 16, 1971, in Lake Jackson, Texas, was the "The Queen of Tejano music" and the Mexican Madonna. She released her first album at the age of 12, and during her career she was named the "Top Latin artist of the '90s" and "Best selling Latin artist of the decade" by Billboard. Female lead singers in Tejano bands was very unpopular then, and she received much criticism from Tejano fans, but her fame grew in the US and Spanish-speaking countries throughout the 90s. She had a beautiful soultry voice, warm and friendly personality, and her smile was recognizable everywhere. Selena was murdered by Yolanda Saldívar, the manager of Selena's fashion line "Selena Etc.," on March 31, 1995. Saldívar was originally a fan who had founded a fan club for the artist, and after her new position as the boutique manager she started embezzling money. Selena attempted to fire Saldívar, but before she could Saldívar shot Selena in the shoulder, severing a major artery. Selena was only 23.
Trina Otero • Culture & Politics Writer