A mass tribute in memory of Mexican singer Jenni Rivera was held on Thursday, December 13, at St. Pius V Parish in Pilsen. Hundreds of fans gathered at the church, signing Rivera’s posters, wearing t-shirts with her name, and morning her throughout the service.
“Devastated, sad, shocked; she was a great friend. We shared times in and out of stage. We still can’t believe it – a great singer has left us,” said Memo Ibarra from the Mexican band Alerta Zero. “God knows what he does. They are in heaven. Rest in peace!” added Ibarra. He was present at the mass in Jenni Rivera’s honor along with his other group members.
“We were still hoping she was alive,” said Rivera’s fan Perla Ramírez who shared that she had cried after hearing the confirmation on Rivera’s death. “We wanted to get her picture on our shirts but with this little time we just got a marker and wrote all over our shirts,” she added. Ramírez along with her family was impossible to get unnoticed since they each wore a matching white t-shirt that read: “R.I.P Jenni.”
“Life is borrowed. Every moment is borrowed,” said Pastor Curran who was giving the service at the church. “We are borrowed jewels like she said in her last CD.” Curran shared that this tragedy should remind us to pause and realize how fragile life is. Everyone nodded in agreement.
Janet Quezada brought with her a framed picture of “La Diva de la Banda,” as well as a screensaver of Rivera on her phone. Her suffering and pain was clear as it was with many others present. “She was my idol I thought it wasn’t true,” said Quezada crying.
Many of Rivera’s fans didn’t know her personally but they still loved her dearly as they proved to all their love for her the day of her tribute and the day Chicago said goodbye to Jenni Rivera. “Even though one isn’t family it still hurts,” said Rivera’s fan Juan Gutiérrez.
Rivera passed away on Sunday night, December 9, when the plane she was traveling on crashed. She had just finished a concert in Monterrey, Mexico. The other passengers who lost their lives in the plane crash were Arturo Rivera, her publicist; Jorge Sanchez, her stylist; Jacob Llenares, her makeup artist; Mario Macias, her attorney, and the two pilots.