Thousands Expected at Public Memorial for Jenni Rivera

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rivera-picUNIVERSAL CITY (KTLA) — Thousands are expected to bid farewell to Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera at a public memorial service Wednesday morning.

The memorial is called “A Celestial Graduation,” and it will be held at the Gibson Amphitheater at Universal City Walk from 10 a.m. to noon.

Rivera died along with six others when their private jet crashed in a remote, mountainous area in norther Mexico on Dec. 9. Rivera, a native of Long Beach, was 43.

Nicknamed “La Diva de la Banda,” Rivera rose from humble beginnings to become a musical superstar with her performances of regional Mexican corridos, or ballads.

She was reportedly on the verge of a crossover with a sitcom inspired by the success of “I Love Jenni,” a Spanish-language reality TV show on Telemundo’s mun2 network.

Rivera sold 15 million records, according to Billboard, and recently won two Billboard Music Awards, including favorite Mexican music female artist.

Meantime, the cause of the plane crash remains under investigation. The small Learjet plane was 43 years old, the state-run Notimex news agency reported.

The Drug Enforcement Administration is investigating the company that owned the plane.

Court records revealed that the aviation company, Starwood Management, had two planes seized this year.

The DEA declined to give further details, citing an ongoing investigation, but it confirmed that the company was in a dispute with insurance firms over accusations of falsehoods.

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said it is helping with the investigation.

U.S. records show the airplane was substantially damaged in 2005 when it struck a runway marker near Amarillo, Texas. At the time, the plane’s pilot reported losing the ability to steer.

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  • claudia gonzalez

    Your morning news reporter just made a statement regarding Jenni Riveras funeral, stating that her FANS ARE MOSTLY UNDOCUMENTED! where did she gather her resources? Christina Passcucci was that your very educated guess? by the way I am a U.S citizen thank you.

  • ScottyBoy

    Why can't ICE use this Memorial as an opportunity to do their job: round up illegal aliens and ship them back to where they came from. I mean if this were a gathering of burglars or drug dealers, the cops would be having a field day making arrests. Why wouldn't they arrest illegal invaders of a country?

  • Sandra

    Thanks reporter.. see what you have caused. How dare you say that her fans are mostly undocumented!
    I am a faithful KTLA viewer for about 21 years, but I BELIEVE THAT KTLA NEEDS TO APOLOGIZE FOR THIS COMMENT. I am very disappointed in hearing this from my favorite morning news station.

    • ScottyBoy

      You are correct. They are not undocumented. They have forged documents and stolen identities, so in that context, they are not undocumented. They are however illegal criminal alien invaders of a foreign land that has failed to fire a single shot to defend itself from having it's resources stolen from it's citizens who actually support it.

  • Margarita

    A funeral of this magnitude is not the ideal place for ICE to do their job. If we really want a change, laws already on the books should be obeyed and carried out.

  • Lorena

    Seriously people you all need to learn how to respect. I was not a fan but seriously. Have a heart and learn to respect other feeling . I have to say that as American you guys make us look like idiots.

  • nycearthwindandfire

    This was an incredibly beautiful memorial. Her children made me proud. I believe she was smiling and feeling so proud as a mom, daughter and sister. What a beautiful family. Rosie, Chiquis and Jackie look so much like Jenni. Forever live her strong spirit and the way she was able navigate so naturally in both the American and Mexican cultures. While in Mexico she was a pure "Mexicana" and while in California she was a savy Mexican American. She had to be tough growing up in California and yet she was humble and loving to people. She leaves behind her great "unbreakable" (like Chiquis called her) fortitude for other women to follow in her footsteps. Rosie you have her strenght and her beautiful spirit. May God bless this family always for sharing her with us.

  • jjjjjj626

    Hey Scotty Boy I hope you get a chance to read this, and its sad that you were raised such an ignorant man. I am not going to offend you in any way because i dont know where exactly you come from, but how dare you disrespect such beautiful people. I am a mexican american woman and proud to say that my relatives come from GUADALAJARA, JALISCO MEXICO! and Newsflash the boy who killed all those innocent children was a documented citizen, the person who killed innocent people in a movie was a documented person. Mexicans and those who come from foreign lands are not all criminals. Do your homework before you lets words roll out of your ignorant mouth. The next time you eat tacos or burritos or mariscos seafood may you choke on it because a person like you doesn't deserve what the hispanic culture has to offer. I want to see you wake up early each morning and moe a lawn, cut weeds and pick fruit. Unlike you we stand strong and never give up, and just like Jenni Rivera we don't let anyone bring us down. what doesnt kill us only makes us stronger. Your just a " hater " who is unhappy with their life. May God forgive you and bless you…….. Que viva jenni siempre y la raza mexicana!