Chicagoan fans honor the memory of singer Rivera

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Mexican investigators confirmed today that popular Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera was killed yesterday in a plane crash.

Rivera and four others were in a jet that went down minutes after takeoff in a mountainous area in Northern Mexico.  The NTSB has now been called in to help with the investigation.

Here in Chicago there was an outpouring of support with a vigil in the Little Village neighborhood Monday.

Jenni Rivera has had a long career with 12 hit albums that sold more than 15 million copies.  She’s known as the Diva of Banda, a traditional Mexican sound.  Her shows filled both the Staples Center in L.A. and Mexico’s National Auditorium.

The crowd in Chicago lit candles to remember her life.  Kids rolled out posters with the words “We love you Jenni.”  One of the local radio stations also had a cake for the more than 200 people who turned out.

Her death reminds many in the Mexican-American community of the 1995 murder of another Latina music star, Selena.  Both of them were beloved by fans.

One woman we spoke with tonight identified with Rivera because she often spoke out about her troubles with domestic violence during her first marriage.

Rivera leaves behind five children and two grandchildren.  Another event, a memorial service, is planned for Thursday night at St. Pius church on Ashland.

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