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Record crowds turn out to see Selena get a star on the Walk of Fame

Chris Perez, A.B. Quintanilla III, Suzette Quintanilla, Marcella Samora and Abraham Quintanilla Jr. (left to right) attend a ceremony honoring singer Selena Quintanilla with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 3, 2017.
Chris Perez, A.B. Quintanilla III, Suzette Quintanilla, Marcella Samora and Abraham Quintanilla Jr. (left to right) attend a ceremony honoring singer Selena Quintanilla with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 3, 2017.
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Some 4,500 fans gathered in Hollywood on Friday to pay tribute to the late Tejano music queen Selena Quintanilla, who was honored with a star on the Walk of Fame — the 2,622nd star, to be exact.

Known simply as Selena, the singer-songwriter broke barriers for women in Latin music. She opened the floodgates for a new generation of contemporary artists of Latin descent who would go on to enjoy huge popularity with American audiences.

Singer Selena Quintanilla was honored posthumously with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 3, 2017.
Singer Selena Quintanilla was honored posthumously with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 3, 2017.
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Selena was born in Texas in 1971. She died in 1995 at 23 after being shot by the president of her fan club.

Her music still resonates. As of 2015, Selena had sold more than 65 million units worldwide, making her the best-selling female artist in Latin music history.

Grammy award-winning Tejano music superstar Selena, who was killed in 1995 when she was 23 years old.
Grammy award-winning Tejano music superstar Selena, who was killed in 1995 when she was 23 years old.
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According to a Hollywood Chamber of Commerce spokeswoman, Selena's crowd was the largest-ever for a Walk of Fame ceremony, breaking a 1998 record set held by onlookers at the unveiling of the star for Mexican singer Vicente Fernandez.

"This is history in the making," said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti at the podium, repeating himself in Spanish.

Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti and Suzette Quintanilla speak at the ceremony honoring singer Selena Quintanilla with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 3, 2017.
Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti and Suzette Quintanilla speak at the ceremony honoring singer Selena Quintanilla with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 3, 2017.
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"Selena was an angel," he continued, which generated cheers. "And we thank the family for all they gave and have given this country, and it's a message we need now more than ever. Because we aren't strangers to this land, this is our home."

Numerous celebrity guests at the ceremony included actor Edward James Olmos, who appeared in 1997 biopic "Selena," starring Jennifer Lopez. "Desperate Housewives" actress Eva Longoria was the only one to go up to the dais.

Suzette Quintanilla attends the ceremony honoring her late sister, singer Selena Quintanilla, with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 3, 2017.
Suzette Quintanilla attends the ceremony honoring her late sister, singer Selena Quintanilla, with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 3, 2017.
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"Selena's voice was a key that unlocked the hearts and minds of millions," Longoria said. "She was a small town girl with a big heart and a smile that radiated and captivated people everywhere. That small town was my hometown of Corpus Christi, Texas. And she was the face I finally saw that looked like mine."

Selena was the youngest child of a mother of Cherokee ancestry and a father who is Mexican-American.

A fan wears pins honoring pop star and cultural icon Selena Quintanilla during Madame Tussauds Hollywood's unveiling of the singer's wax statue on August 30, 2016.
A fan wears pins honoring pop star and cultural icon Selena Quintanilla during Madame Tussauds Hollywood's unveiling of the singer's wax statue on August 30, 2016.
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Selena's sister Suzette was the last to speak, wrapping with Selena's own words:

"'The goal isn't to live forever, but to create something that will.'"

A fan holds a photo of Selena during the ceremony honoring singer Selena Quintanilla with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 3, 2017.
A fan holds a photo of Selena during the ceremony honoring singer Selena Quintanilla with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 3, 2017.
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At the ceremony's end, the family stood together, posing for photographers. Musician Chris Perez, who was married to Selena, bent down to lay a small bouquet of white roses on his late wife's Walk of Fame star.

Selena's wax figure made a special appearance at the Walk of Fame Reception celebrating her legacy on November 3, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
Selena's wax figure made a special appearance at the Walk of Fame Reception celebrating her legacy on November 3, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
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