May 1995 put me in San Antonio, Texas. I was there as a sophomore in high school participating in the annual Spanish club convention. Sure it was a bit different than my typical after school activity, but it was a day away from school and some cash for lunch each day.
Our bus had arrived at the historic Emily Morgan Hotel. Its a fancy place for a 17 year old kid. I recommend you stopping by sometime.
So one of the nights the kids were running around with a buzz containing “Selena” and a shooting. I was the person at the convention with the least amount of knowledge when it came to the Tejano Pop Princess.
The mood turned from buzz to bummer when the news hit she had passed away from the gunshot. We soon found out the shot came from her own fan club manager. If that lady’s job was to get more fans and make Selena popular then she needs a bonus for a job well done.
As the convention concludes all the kids got back home with a modern day “I remember where I was when Kennedy was shot”

It’s always a tragedy when someone passes away before their time.

Selena painting

Selena wall mural in Corpus Christi Texas

Many times folks ask “Why did this story come up” So here is the background of this post. The last two days I have been shooting video at a location next to the worst painting that was ever done of Selena. Once inside and setup for today’s video shoots we come across a lady who was pumped up about a trip this weekend to the Emily Morgan in San Antonio. So there are where the two lines crossed and pulled up the story from my high-school years.

If you are ever in Corpus Christi you can stop by her statue and her grave to take photos.