Corpus Christi (KIII News) — It's hard to believe, but it has almost been 23 years since the terrible day that Selena was fatally shot by the president of her fan club.
Saturday marks the anniversary of that day, but Selena still attracts a lot of visitors to the Coastal Bend and seems to be as popular as ever.
For young and old, visiting the statue of Selena in Corpus Christi has become a tradition. People from all over the world come to pay tribute to the music icon.
"We wanted to come learn about the history of Selena," said Sandra Prevada, a visitor from Guatemala.
Prevada and her family traveled from Guatemala specifically to learn about the history of the Tejano singer. They were gathered there Friday to take pictures.
"I remember the washing machine, ha ha, and I remember when she last went to Del Rio," said Thelma Jasso, who was visiting from Del Rio, Texas.
"I'm a big fan of Selena. Like, I love Selena," said Samantha Ruiz, who was in town from the Rio Grande Valley. "So I had the day off and we came to go the museum and of course visit the statue and all that."
It's a phenomenon that has taken on a life of its own, which explains the massive interest in the city's Fiesta de la Flor, a two-day event in held in Selena's memory. It is scheduled for April 13-14.
Even children who were not alive when Selena was around visit, and of course there are the hardcore fans.
"I even got a tattoo," Samantha Ruiz said. "I'm so obsessed with Selena, like I even thought about like naming my future kid, I want to name my daughter Selena. Like, oh my goodness, I'm such a big!"
Selena would have been 46 years old.