In Friday’s city council meeting, Juárez officials formally recognized Juan Gabriel as an honorary citizen of the city. They expect his ashes to arrive to their permanent home on Saturday.
They also approved the proposal to name Juárez’s downtown plaza after the Mexican singer, proposing that a statue of Juan Gabriel be built in his honor.
“I ask that in the same plaza Juan Gabriel, a sculpture be made so that all citizens and people who want to visit the border will be able to take their photo with him,” says council member Evangelina Aguirre.
The mayor of Juárez, Javier González Mocken, says preparations to make Juan Gabriel’s Juárez home into a museum will start taking effect in October.
According to Mocken, Juan Gabriel wanted his remains to stay in Juárez and for his home to be turned into a museum. He says its an ambitious project with great responsibility, but that the city plans to follow through with it.
Council members expressed their gratitude towards the singer for always bringing recognition to the city. They even proposed building a statue of Juan Gabriel in downtown Juárez.
“This makes me so emotional because he was a generous son, a loving son. he was loyal and respectful. He has been the biggest son that Ciudad Juárez could have ever had,” says Aguirre.
A stage will be built outside the singer’s home for a tribute concert that will be held after the community mass that is expected to begin at 8 p.m.
City officials also discussed a proposal to dedicate August 28th in honor of the singer. However they say Congress will ultimately make that decision.