Selena’s father, Abraham Quintanilla, reflects on his daughter’s legacy 20 years after her murder: ‘It’s just like her song says, ‘photographs and memories’’



Twenty years ago today the world lost a Latin pop iconSelena.

While her fans pay homage in various ways on the anniversary of her death, Selena's father, Abraham Quintanilla III, reflects on the legacy his daughter left behind.

"It's just like her song says, 'photographs and memories,'" he told the New York Daily News' Viva Tuesday referring to her song "Fotos Y Recuerdos."

"Death is a very painful situation for humans and especially if it's your child," he continued. "The remembrance and the pain will always be there. You just learn to live with it and life goes on."

The then 23-year-old singer was shot and killed by her fan club president, Yolanda Saldívar, after she questioned her about embezzling money on March 31, 1995 at the start of Selena's rise to fame in the crossover market.

"Selena was so full of life," her dad recalled. "She was a happy person and loved what she was doing. She enjoyed her career and her marriage and all of that was cut short."

Although the Corpus Christi, Texas-native was an English-dominate Latina, she began her career singing in Spanish in her family's band Los Dinos with her brother A.B. as bassist and her sister Suzette on drums. Selena was one of the only women in the male-dominated Tejano music genre, which earned her the title of "The Queen of Tejano."

At the time of her death, Selena was just crossing over into the English market with hits like "I Could Fall in Love" off her final album "Dreaming of You," which topped the Billboard 200 chart and stayed atop the Latin charts for nine months.

"She was so excited about the crossover album, but unfortunately she only got to record four songs for that album and we had to fill it with Spanish music," Quintanilla told Viva. "It's interesting how that album still went into the mainstream market with Spanish music included and today that album has sold about 7 million copies."