Emilio Navaira laid to rest in San Antonio

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Family, friends and fans gathered to remember legendary Tejano singer Emilio Navaira in San Antonio.

Monday was a day of remembrance for Tejano fans saying goodbye to an icon in the industry. Tejano stars joined family and friends in downtown San Antonio for his funeral.

It was a sad day for the Tejano music scene. Fans crowded around Emilio Navaira's casket. His family close behind in tears. Emilio was the king of Tejano and just like Selena he made the genre popular among the Hispanic community.

"They paved the path it's just unbelievable," said Mark Martinez, close friend and band mate.

Martinez said they have been celebrating his life all week. Emilio died Tuesday after sufferng a heart attack in his New Braunfels home. No one expected him to die at just 53 years old.

"Yeah miss him it's very tough right now," said Martinez.

Martinez shared some fond memories of him with Eyewitness News.

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Thousands of Tejano music fans are gathered in San Antonio for the late Emilio Navaira's vistation at the Freeman Coliseum.

"I recorded music with him, he stood at my wedding," he said. "His son Emilio was my ring barer."

Martinez is grateful for a loyal friendship and a great experience.

"Touring with Alan Jackson and Clay Walker those guys," he remembered.

Even though they all said goodbye to a Tejano legend they know his music will go down in history.

"I love you Emilio," he said.

Tejano star Emilio Navaira dies at age 53
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The King of Tejano music is dead at age 53.

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