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Early this morning thousands of fans along with family and celebrity friends paid their last respects to Jenni Rivera.
The public memorial, called a ‘celestial graduation’ to heaven by her family took place at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, CA. The memorial was more of a tribute with live concert feel. The singer's brother Rev. Pedro Rivera Jr., officiated the service and led the pallbearers who brought in her red coffin and placed it center stage.
Rivera's family wore white, with the exception of her mother who wore red. The two hour ceremony displayed images of the beloved singer on two large screens, with her music playing in the background.
Rivera's casket had her favorite symbol on top which was a pink butterfly, also used on the singer's Divina cosmetic line and Divina Realty company.
Celebrities in attendance such as Edwards James Olmos, and Kate del Castillo were in tears as Jenni Rivera's 11-year-old son Johnny Lopez remembered his mother.
Other celebrities such as Ana Gabriel, Joan Sebastian and Olga Tañon performed the singers music.
Fans in attendance expressed their love for the singer
Hector Gabriel Flores said "What a beautiful Memorial Service for Jenni Rivera.. So heartbreaking to see her beautiful family and especially her little one. His words so beautiful and made us all cry. This wasnt a day to mourn her death, but to celebrate her graduation getting into Heaven.. The service and speeches were beautiful and heart felt and left me at peace. The performances were amazing. But the experience was one in a life time and unforgetable... God bless the Rivera family and Children."
Sanibel Salas said "There's no words for me to explain. She's not dead for me. I'm here and I'm here to support her and I didn't go to my work today, but I'm here."
RAL expresses their deepest condolences to all family, friends and millions of fans of 'La Diva de La Banda.'
Stay tuned with us at RAL as we continue paying tribute to 'La Diva de La Banda'
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