Fans, Family and Friends Celebrate Jenni Rivera at Memorial Service
(LOS ANGELES) — Jenni Rivera’s fans, friends and family bid farewell to the late Mexican-American singer Wednesday from the Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles, in a memorial service led by her brother, Rev. Pedro Rivera Jr.
The ceremony was not open to the press — only fans with tickets were able to attend, although a live stream was made available by several media outlets.
The two-hour ceremony began with a prayer led by Pedro Jr., and included a mix of moving tributes from Rivera’s children, her siblings and her parents, among others.
Edward James Olmos and Lou Diamond Phillips were among those present in the audience.
Rivera’s life was cut short at the age of 43 in a plane crash on Dec. 9. She, along with six other passengers, including Rivera’s publicist, her makeup artist and her lawyer, died.
Rivera’s remains were identified in Monterrey, Mexico, last week by her brothers Lupillo, Juan and Gustavo, and brought home to Long Beach, Calif.
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