Anti-violence campaign set
CORPUS CHRISTI (AP) -- The family of slain Hispanic music queen Selena will launch an anti-violence public service campaign on Friday.
Selena Quintanilla Perez was gunned down March 31 at a motel, where she went to fire the founder of her fan club, who also ran a boutique for her in San Antonio. Yolanda Saldivar is charged with Selena's murder.
"Selena's senseless, tragic death left America dumbfounded. Selena was a pioneer in the Tejano music industry, a true renaissance woman and a role model for young Hispanics," the family said in a Wednesday news release.
"The impact of Selena's loss should result in a consciousness of making it a better, safer place to live. The Quintanilla family asks, in Selena's memory, for America to stop the violence."
Two days after the shooting, the Tejano singer's family urged fans to oppose a proposal in the state Legislature to allow Texans to carry concealed handguns.
That legislation went to a conference committee Wednesday after the Senate rejected numerous changes made by the House.
The national campaign will be discussed in a news conference at 10 a.m. today in Corpus Christi.