Jenni Rivera Public Memorial Set for Wednesday
Fans hoping to pay their respects to the late Jenni Rivera will have the opportunity to on Wednesday during a memorial to be held at the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal City Walk.
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The ceremony, dubbed a "Celestial Graduation" by Rivera's family, will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 19 and will be led by Minister Pedro Rivera Jr.
"We will celebrate the graduation into heaven, with honors, of our beloved mother, daughter and sister Jenni Rivera," the family said in a statement obtained by The Los Angeles Times. "The Rivera Family appreciates all the love given to our beloved Jenni Rivera who graduated on Dec. 9 and now rests in the arms of our Lord."
The family also requested privacy and discretion for a private burial that will be held separately.
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In lieu of flowers, Rivera's children asked that donations be made to the Jenni Rivera Love Foundation, as well as a single white rose.
Rivera, 48, was killed when the aircraft she was aboard plummeted from 28,000 feet into a mountainous area in northern Mexico 9,000 feet above sea level. Six others accompanied her on the plane, including her stylist and attorney. There were no survivors.
At the time of the crash, Rivera was en route to a performance in the city of Toluca, 40 miles southwest of Mexico City, following a concert in Monterrey on Saturday evening. The cause of the accident is currently under investigation.