Singer feared dead in Mexican plane crash - New York News

PHOTOS: Mexican music star Jenni Rivera confirmed dead, fans hold vigil

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Mexican-American superstar Jenni Rivera was known as the 'Diva of Banda,' famous for hit songs in the Banda and Nortena music scene.

Mexican authorities and the National Transportation Safety Board confirm Rivera along with several members of her entourage were killed in a plane crash Sunday not far from Monterrey, Mexico.

"It's such a big shock to the family, it's incredible," Jenni's brother, Gustavo Rivera said. "It's something that, most of you people that know my sister, she was a very strong person. She'd fight for everything in life."

The family held onto hope until late Monday afternoon. The NTSB is now sending a crew to assist in the investigation.

Raul "La Bola" Bernal hosts a radio show for La Ley or the Law here in Chicago. He's personally known Rivera for nearly 20 years.

"Jenni Rivera was a hard working person, really hard," says Bernal. "She would give, I would be in a concert with her or a dance and everything and she would sign the last autograph to the last person."

Fans gathered Monday night near 26th and Kedzie in Little Village, singing her music and lighting candles.

"Everything she sang was all in my heart. Everything she sang was here. That's what she was feeling, everything she sang. That's what she was feeling it was from deep inside her heart," says fan Graciela Davalos.

Rivera wasn't afraid to sing about her troubles. Just two months ago, the singer reportedly had filed for divorce from former White Sox pitcher Esteban Loaiza after two years of marriage.

Fans say regardless of her personal troubles, she was only human. Now, she will live on through her music.

"It's always going to be with us. It's always going to be in our hearts," one fan says.

Mexican officials along with the NTSB will be sifting through the wreckage in the next few days. Officials say it could take at least 10 days to have a preliminary report as to why the plane might have crashed.

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