Close Emilio Navaira honored with Fiesta Medal Emilio Navaira Fiesta medal Justin Bourke, KENS 11:37 AM. CDT March 12, 2017 CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN GOOGLE+ PINTEREST SAN ANTONIO - After 126 years, organizers unveiled the first ever celebrity medal, immortalizing late Tejano superstar Emilio Navaira. A long, but cheerful line gathered for hours on Saturday under drizzling skies for a first-of-its-kind announcement. A Fiesta medal was dedicated to an Alamo-city legend. “You're getting the last piece of Emilio here,” one fan said. “He means a lot to San Antonio.” The San Antonio native was found dead in his New Braunfels home last May at the age of 53. Today, his medal's uniquely "Emilio" design inspired a flood of pride and grief. Both for fans and family. “Still I can't forget him,” Emilio's mother Mary Navaira said. ‘His dad died before him, and he's probably saying, 'Dad, I'm still making it! Look at all the people who like me." This is a chance for San Antonio fans to wear a little bit of Emilio close to their hearts. Proof, his family said, that San Antonio loves Emilio as much as he loved San Antonio. “That is the most wonderful thing that has happened to us,” Navaira said. © 2017 KENS-TV CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN GOOGLE+ PINTEREST JOIN THE CONVERSATION To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Leave a Comment TRENDING VIDEOS Woman claims she was targeted for kidnapping at New Braunfels H-E-B KENS 5 Breaking Live Video La Vernia High School parents express reaction to sexual assault scandal Fool's Roll race promises 1,300 miles of Texas weirdness San Antonio burglary caught on camera One dead, one charged with murder in south-side shooting Civil trial in controversial police-involved shooting death begins SAPD holds fundraiser for fellow officer battling cancer Border mother fighting deportation 'It's beef lips': San Antonio meat vendor responds to viral taco 'teeth' More Stories SAPD: Motorcyclist slams into truck on Bandera Road Mar 27, 2017, 11:41 p.m. Jury selected in Marquise Jones civil trial Mar 27, 2017, 10:27 p.m. Bill tweaking voter I.D. law heads to Texas Senate Mar 28, 2017, 6:14 a.m.