Twenty-one years ago, on March 31, 1995, the life of Tejano superstar Selena Quintanilla-Perez was cut short at the age of 23.
Bridget Smith, the host of WFAA content partner KENS 5's Great Day SA, remembers back to that horrific event.
"I don't think I've had a feeling since that time of being so connected to so many people at one time in one place by grief," Bridget Smith said.
Tejano music was forever changed the day Selena died. She was well known throughout the Tejano music industry and was a rising international crossover sensation.
"Being from San Antonio and everybody knowing who Selena is, I mean, she's the 'Queen of Tejano' in south Texas," Smith said.
Smith was an evening reporter covering feature stories for the 10 p.m. newscast. She recalls meeting Selena at an event and being star struck.
"Everything that I thought she was, she was; nice, gracious, beautiful," Smith said, "I don't even remember how far it was from the time that I met her, but I remember being out covering a story and getting the call that Selena had been shot."
Selena was shot to death In Corpus Christi by the founder and president of her fan club, Yolanda Saldivar.
"I remember thinking, uh, I had a live shot at 10, thinking, 'how am I going to get through this,' " Smith recalled, "I want to be professional. I want to be prepared, but I feel so strongly about the fact that this beautiful girl, this talented girl was murdered. Why?"
Smith was a fan. Like many, she felt as if she knew Selena.
"This city stopped. We felt like we knew her. We felt like she was, she was ours," Smith recalled.
Her death was all anyone could talk about and was covered heavily by the media nationwide.
"It was tough," Smith said, "as anybody knows when you cover a big story in news that story never stops that day, the story continues."