Selena Quintanilla Perez was born in Lake Jackson and began her singing career as a child, performing with her family’s band. She became a star in Tejano music and by the late 1980s was known as the queen of Tejano music, the first Tejana to sell more than 300,000 albums. In the 1990s Selena y los Dinos began a sensationally successful act. Before her death the band sold 1.5 million records. The band was the first Tejano group to make Billboard’s Latin Top 200 list of best-selling recordings. On March 31, 1995, Selena was shot to death by her first fan-club founder and manager of Selena Etc. Her death made the front page of the New York Times. Mourning for her was wide-spread and crossed cultural lines.