Local Fans of Emilio Keep Hope Alive

By: Derek Shore Email
By: Derek Shore Email

In downtown Bryan it is dinner time at Margie's Bar and Grill. But for Guadalupe Reyes and his family it isn't the normal talk and laughs. Reyes and his family were shocked to hear over the weekend that Tejano music superstar Emilio Navaira was critically injured in a tour bus accident in Houston.

"It hurts us to find out and to know that he's hurt and its very serious, very serious," said Reyes.

Word spread throughout the hispanic community that Emilio, as he is known, was in a coma in Houston after crashing his tour bus into a guardrail. Emilio was driving the bus.

"We'll pray for him so that he can get better and come out of this thing that he's going through," said Reyes. "For his family, especially his daughter who's birthday will be here tomorrow or the next day."

According to fans, Emilio was not the kind of guy who had an ego, and that was part of his charm.

Sally Estrada, a fan, said, "Whenever he was down for anything, concerts, he would still do just down home things like quinceañeras, weddings, things like that, that other Tejano musicians find a hard time doing."

So this dinner may be one this family won't soon forget as they take a moment to pray for a popular entertainer and a fellow Texan.

"I hope our lord our god bless him and bring him out of it," said Reyes.

And that hope is what is so important.

"He was just a man of all gifts, and I hope to see him out there again," said Estrada.

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