SIEGEL: Tejano, the regional music of South Texas, was brought to new audiences by Selena Quintanilla-Perez, or just Selena, as she was known. The 23-year-old singer was about to release her first English album when she was murdered on this day 20 years ago. She was shot by the president of her fan club. A lot of people in South Texas remember where they were when they heard the news. Commentator Cynthia Leonor Garza recalls that day and what Selena's music taught her.
CYNTHIA LEONOR GARZA, BYLINE: It was always the same fight when we drove from our small South Texas town of Hebbronville to the nearest city, Laredo. As soon as our mother's favorite Tejano radio station came in clearly, there was no negotiating.