By Bridget Byrne
It’s history–but not the sort of history some Selena fans wanted.
On Monday, the gun used to kill the celebrated Tejano singer was sawed into about 30 pieces and the remains thrown into Corpus Christi Bay. The destruction came at the behest of the late songbird’s family, who viewed it as closure on their personal tragedy.
However, some in the Texas and Mexican-American communities are decrying the move as the loss of an important piece of their history.
Up until last month, the gun was an afterthought. The .38-caliber Taurus revolver, turned on Selena by her fan club president Yolanda Saldivar, had presumably been lost.
It had not been seen since it was introduced as evidence in the 1995 trial in which Saldivar was sentenced to life imprisonment for fatally shooting the 23-year-old rising star, whose full name was Selena Quintanilla Perez.
But last month, the pistol was discovered in the home of court reporter Sandra Oballe, who says she found it in a box of office materials.