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 One of the biggest Spurs fans isn't even from San Antonio Family pleads for pleading for information that could assist in the investigation into the murders of their loved Abandoned church has become a haven for criminal activity Two killed, one arrested, one on run after southwest-side shootings Gunfire erupts near Lee High School and the search is on for the gunman Body found in Chick-fil-A parking lot identified 'Black and Boujee' teacher: "I would do it all over again." Fiesta: First night of Night in Old San Antonio kicks off downtown The food and festivities of NIOSA 2017 Around Town More Stories San Antonians march in vigil for fallen firefighter… May 22, 2017, 10:50 p.m. Good Samaritans rush to save baby, crash victims of… May 22, 2017, 11:55 p.m. Teen killed, port of entry shut down as storm… May 22, 2017, 11:05 p.m.