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Hispanics in Southeast Texas remember Jenni Rivera

JEFFERSON COUNTY - By Megan Dillard - The loss of singer Jenni Rivera has fans on both sides of the U.S. Mexican border mourning her death.

Jenni Rivera was a singer, an actress, and for the people we spoke with tonight, a role model.

KFDM sat down with a group of Hispanics in Port Arthur who explained more about the woman known as "La Diva de la Banda."

"She loved her fans and she loved her family."

Jenni Rivera's fans loved her striking voice and powerful lyrics.

"Her music wasn't oh I'm crying, He left me, hers was oh he left, okay bye. Let's go on, you know."

This group of Hispanics shares a meal and offers thoughts about the 43-year-old who died in a plane crash Sunday in northern Mexico.

"In Spanish news it was showing how it hit the ground and how it was scattered everywhere. Her driver license was kind of torn up and looked burned. I was just like oh my gosh, the impact. Those poor people went through so much fear before they died."

This photo shows Rivera just minutes before the plane crash.
She had just wrapped up this concert Saturday night in Monterrey.

This DJ plays music for a living.

He says Rivera's songs are in high demand.

"In all of the parties and all of the clubs, you always have to play Jenni Rivera because she's very popular. She's one of those artists that identifies more with women and that's why you have to have her music her playing." Women like this one who says when it came to her family and her fans, Rivera was like a lion defending her cubs.

"They're all from the heart. Maybe that's why us girls get, we get it, because sometimes we might be going through something and we kind of connect with the music."

A connection with music, with lyrics, with a woman adored by many.

A life this group says was taken too soon.

Six other people died in the crash including two pilots, Rivera's publicist, makeup artist and two friends.

Rivera sold more than 15 million copies of her albums and won a string of Latin Music Awards.Hispanics in Southeast Texas remember Jenni Rivera

Monday, February 11 2013, 04:49 PM CST
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