Jenni Rivera public memorial set for Dec. 19 in Los Angeles

jenni-rivera-dead.jpgA public memorial for Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera will be held Wednesday (Dec. 19) at Los Angeles' Gibson Amphitheater, her family says.
 
The service, dubbed a "Celestial Graduation" by her family, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, led by her brother Minister Pedro Rivera Jr.

"We will celebrate the graduation into heaven, with honors, of our beloved mother, daughter and sister Jenni Rivera," the family says in a statement ( via the Los Angeles Times).

Rivera's family asks for privacy for a burial that will be held separately, and her children ask that donations be made in lieu of flowers to the Jenni Rivera Love Foundation, in addition to a single white rose. 

"The Rivera family appreciates all the love given to our beloved Jenni Rivera who graduated on December 9th and now rests in the arms of our Lord," the statement continues. 

Rivera died in a plane crash near Monterrey, Mexico, along with her publicist Arturo Rivera, her attorney Mario Macias, stylist Jorge Sanchez, and makeup artist Jacob Yebale, who took what is believed to be the final photo of the group. The plane's pilots, Miguel Perez Soto and Alejandro Torres, also died.

Mexican officials and the National Transportation Safety Board are continuing the crash investigation, which could take nine months to a year to conclude.
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