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Scholar examines the spell of Selena

Houston Chronicle Staff, wire reports

CORPUS CHRISTI - Pamela Meyer realized how strong of a spell Selena still holds over her fans when the slain Tejano queen was remembered at the Houston Livestock Show.

Meyer saw it again last month when 12,000 people tried out for parts in a planned movie about Selena's life. Then there was the massive turnout at Selena's gravesite on the anniversary of her death.

Fascinated by it, Meyer - a sociology professor at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi - has joined with two colleagues to study how and why Selena has become more popular in death than she was during her 23 years.

The researchers have tentatively titled their project ""The Social Construction of Martyrdom: The Case of Selena Quintanilla-Perez." They hope to have it completed in about a year.