On March 31, 1995, tragedy struck Corpus Christi, Texas, as Selena Quintanilla-Perez had been shot by her fan club president, Yolanda Saldivar. Perez was on the cusp of crossover stardom, as she had been working on her album, "Dreaming of You," released posthumously.
Selena began singing at a young age, and formed her band Selena y Los Dinos, which included her brother A.B. Quintanilla, her sister Suzette Quintanilla, and Perez' husband, Chris Perez.
The film adaptation of Perez' life was released in 1997 and starred Jennifer Lopez. The film grossed over $35 million.
She earned a Grammy in 1994 for Best Mexican/American Album "Selena Live!" Some of Selena's hits include "Amor Prohibido," "Dreaming of You," "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom," and "Como La Flor."
Perez' influence can still be seen today, as singer Selena Gomez is named after the Tejano songstress. A statue in Corpus Christi is dedicated to her memory, and former governor of Texas, George W. Bush declared April 16 "Selena Day" in Texas.