LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — Thousands of fans joined friends and family of singer Jenni Rivera on Wednesday to remember the Latin music star’s “perfectly imperfect life.”
A public memorial service was held at the 6,000 seat Gibson Amphitheater at Universal CityWalk.
The service began with a video tribute to Rivera, who along with six others, died in a plane crash on December 9, in Northern Mexico.
Long time manager Pete Salgado, told the crowd, “Jenni made it OK for women to be who they are. Jenni also made it OK to be from nothing with the hopes of being something. Jenni, to us, was perfectly imperfect.”
The 43-year-old leaves behind five children and two grandchildren.
Her family members, all dressed in white, spoke at the service, telling the crowd how Rivera faced many obstacles in her life and rose above them all.
“It’s a real honor to say that Jenni Rivera — the person that everyone’s talking about — is my mom,” Rivera’s youngest son, 11-year-old Johnny Lopez, said.
“Mama, I’ve been crying to much these past few days. I miss you so much,” he said, through tears.
“You taught me so many things, and to everyone here you were so many things,” daughter Jacqie Lopez said. “You were a hero. You were hope. You were strength. You were love.”
Another famous international Mexican singer, Ana Gabriel, was among those who sang in memory of Rivera’s life.
Rivera, a media mogul, came from very humble beginnings. A domestic violence survivor who never gave up, her lyrics told her story.
“I miss you so much, more than I could ever begin to express,”daughter Janney “Chiquis” Marin said. “But what give me peace is that now you know for sure how much I truly love you.”