Tejano star Selena’s music still shines 19 years after death


Ron Trevino / KHOU 11 News

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 7 at 1:43 PM

HOUSTON – It has been 19 years since the murder of Tejano superstar Selena.

The singer was called the queen of Tejano music – she mixed her own pop flare into the Latin sound.

Her star was rising when KHOU 11 News Anchor Ron Trevino visited her at her studio that was being built in Corpus Christi in 1994.

Photos: Remembering Tejano superstar Selena

"This is going to be my dance studio, I always wanted one, I always wanted to be a ballerina too," she told him.

The following year, she set an attendance record at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Selena's concert in the Astrodome is a show people still talk about, but maybe you didn’t know it wasn't her last performance in Houston.

The last performance in Houston was at El Dorado Ranch nightclub. Mario Anzaldua was the owner of the club and he said the memories are still fresh.

"You almost couldn’t hear her because of the people screaming and so excited, it was so loud,” he said.

Anzaldua got to know Selena and her family. She performed at his nightclub at least half a dozen times.

"Selena was probably one of the nicest, most humble people I've ever met, she never let her stardom get to her head," Anzaldua said.

Just days after Selena’s concert at Anzaldua's club, the president of Selena’s fan club, Yolanda Saldivar, shot and killed the singer in Corpus Christi.

"I think a lot of us were really mad because here was an icon who was going to represent our culture, our community and, you know, got taken from us," he said.

Saldivar’s trial ended up being in Houston. A jury convicted her of murdering Selena and sentenced her to life in prison. The earliest she would be up for parole is the year 2025.

Now, 19 years after her murder, Selena's music is still being played on Houston radio stations.

"Our listeners, they constantly call in asking for her music, so it’s not like she is something that was -- but continues to be," said Felicia Flores, with El Norte107.9 FM.

Selena continues to be that Texas voice we just never got enough of.