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Universal City, Calif. (AP) -- The life of Jenni Rivera was celebrated in song, as passionate fans chanted "Jen-ni! Jen-ni!" at the singer's memorial service billed by her family a "celestial graduation."
Rivera's children and singers Olga Tanon and Joan Sebastian performed during the nearly 2 1/2-hour service Wednesday at the Gibson Amphitheatre, where thousands of fans gathered to salute the "Diva de la Banda."
A red casket sat onstage amid a sea of white roses, as images of Rivera played on three big screens. Family members embraced and kissed the casket at the conclusion of the service, laying more white roses atop it.
While most of the speeches and songs were delivered in Spanish, Rivera's children spoke in English, often directly to their late mother.
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Universal City, Calif. — The life of Jenni Rivera was celebrated Wednesday in song, as passionate fans chanted "Jen-ni! Jen-ni!" at the singer's memorial service billed as a "celestial graduation" by her family.
Olga Tanon and Rivera's children were among those performing at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, where thousands of fans gathered to salute the "Diva de la Banda."
A red casket sat onstage amid a sea of white roses, as images of Rivera played on a big screen.
Rivera's brothers and sisters spoke lovingly of the singer, calling her "the queen of queens" and an "eternal diva." Her father said Rivera's "happiness, smile and care for the public will never be forgotten." He then performed a song he wrote about his daughter, a woman who rose from humble roots to become "la Diva de la Banda. »
2 items from 2012
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