Bob Prager Selena Photographs
- Majority of material found within 1995 - 2001
- Prager, Bob (Person)
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0.33 Linear Feet
Biographical / Historical
On March 31, 1995 Selena was murdered with a single gunshot by Yolanda Saldiver at a Corpus Christi motel. Saldiver ran Salena’s fan club and stores, and was discovered embezzling money. During a confrontation over the situation, Saldiver pulled a handgun and shot Selena in the back. The bullet nicked an artery and despite escaping the room, she passed away from cardiac arrest due to blood loss. After a standoff with police, Saldiver surrendered and was arrested. The case went to trial in October of 1995. After a two-hour deliberation by the jury, Saldiver was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison with no eligibility for parole until March 2025.
The impact of Selena’s death was felt throughout South Texas and the world. In 1997 Jennifer Lopez played Selena in a film about her life. In Corpus Christi, a life-sized bronze statue of Selena called Mirador de la Flor was created and installed in the downtown Bayfront. Additionally, many local businesses painted murals of her on their interior and exterior walls, which inspired this collection by Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi photography student Bob Prager. To this day Selena is known as the most popular Latin American artist in the United States. As of 2014 she had sold over 60 million albums.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Bob Prager Selena Portfolio
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Part of the Special Collections and Archives, Mary and Jeff Bell Library, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Repository
6300 Ocean Dr.
Corpus Christi TX 78412 United States