I ran across this Selena memorial on a visit to Corpus Cristi, Texas. Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, called Queen of Tejano Music, was an American singer and songwriter. Her 14 top-ten singles on the Top Latin Song Charts earned her the label Top Latin Artist of the ’90s. Her life was cut short at age 23 when she was murdered by the President of her fan Club Yolanda Saldivar.
Mirador de la Flor (overlook of the flower) is located a few miles north of Seaside Memorial Park, Selena’s burial site. It features mosaic tiles of white roses, Selena’s favorite flower, and a 5’8″ life-sized bronze statue of Selena wearing a leather jacket with microphone in hand, sculpted by H.W. “Buddy” Tatum, a Corpus Christi artist. She is leaning against a concrete pillar looking towards the Corpus Christi Bay. The inscription reads:
Selena was referred to as La Flor (the Flower)
and identified with La Rosa Blanca (the White Rose).
When you view La Rosa Blanca, you feel her presence nearby.
Selena’s stage is now silent
Yet her persona enriched the lives of those she touched
And her music lives on.