Selena Quintanilla fans grip to nostalgia as her death anniversary approaches, but one Los Angeles man who became a fan posthumously has devoted the past 19 years to keeping her legacy alive.
Roger Gomez is one of Selena’s biggest fans, although he was never aware of whom she was prior to her unexpected passing.
“I became a fan the day she died after watching all the news coverage on Friday, March 31, 1995,” Gomez told VOXXI.
“The type of person she was and what she stood for instantly caught my attention,” he said, admitting that he did not follow her career because he was into Spanish rock at the time.
The world was overwhelmed with the tragic death of Selena Quintanilla after her dreams were shattered by her fan club manager who took her life on March 31, 1995.
Gomez was just as impacted and as result, founded a Selena fan page to keep her legacy alive.
“Anything for Selenas”
He created the website Selena Forever in 1995 as a tribute to the Latina star, and in 2014 changed the name to Love Selena, to keep it fresh and unique.
Although he has been managing the domain for 19 years, he found the need to open fan pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. “Social media is such a big thing – Selena didn’t have this technology,” the Mexican-American said about building a fan base for the late Queen of Tejano.
“’Helping to keep Selena’s music, spirit and legacy alive’ is the motto,” he said.
Gomez, who has a collection big enough to open his own Selena museum, is taking his love for the “Como La Flor” singer to the streets of Los Angeles the day of her 19th anniversary.
Tribute for La Reina
Gomez is setting up a first ever meet up for Selena fans in Los Angeles area on Monday, March 31st, the first since he became a fan. He plans on making it an annual affair.
The event will be less than an hour long but will pay tribute with a moment of silence, the release of purple and white balloons, and a bonanza giveaway.
Those who attend the first meet up will have the opportunity to go home with rare and vintage Selena memorabilia.
“The whole reason for us to get together is to remember and honor Selena and pay respect to her music and life,” he said. This is one of many Selena tributes taking place that same day.
Gomez finds the obligation to keep Selena alive because it’s his passion, and you’d be hard pressed to find a bigger fan who is still as dedicated today.
“She touched my heart and changed my life.”