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Thousands mourn death of singer Jenni Rivera at Gibson Amphitheatre




Jenny Rivera sings the Mexican national anthem before the Middleweight bout against Shane Mosley and Sergio Mora at Staples Center on September 18, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.
Jenny Rivera sings the Mexican national anthem before the Middleweight bout against Shane Mosley and Sergio Mora at Staples Center on September 18, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.
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Jenny Rivera sings the Mexican national anthem before the Middleweight bout against Shane Mosley and Sergio Mora at Staples Center on September 18, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.
Items are displayed at a makeshift memorial for Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera at a Mexican radio station that is playing her songs continuously all day on December 10, 2012 in Burbank, California. US authorities confirmed that Rivera, a U.S.-born singer, was killed in a plane crash in rugged territory in Nuevo Leon state in northern Mexico upon impact.
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Jenny Rivera sings the Mexican national anthem before the Middleweight bout against Shane Mosley and Sergio Mora at Staples Center on September 18, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.
Singer Jenni Rivera speaks during the "I Love Jenni" lunch session during the NBC Universal portion of the 2011 Winter TCA press tour held at the Langham Hotel on January 13, 2011 in Pasadena.
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Jenny Rivera sings the Mexican national anthem before the Middleweight bout against Shane Mosley and Sergio Mora at Staples Center on September 18, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.
Singer Jenni Rivera at the 11th annual Latin GRAMMY Awards in 2010.
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Jenny Rivera sings the Mexican national anthem before the Middleweight bout against Shane Mosley and Sergio Mora at Staples Center on September 18, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 13: Singer Jenni Rivera. speaks during the "I Love Jenni" lunch session during the NBC Universal portion of the 2011 Winter TCA press tour held at the Langham Hotel on January 13, 2011 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jenni Rivera
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Now to Universal City where thousands of mourners are gathered at the Gibson Amphitheater to say goodbye to Latin superstar, Jenni Rivera.

La Diva de la Banda, as she was known, was one of the biggest acts in Latin music, and she had recently crossed over into TV stardom with a reality show called "I Love Jenni."

Rivera died on December 9 when her small plane went down in a remote area of Northern Mexico. KPCC's Ruxandra Guidi joins us from the memorial with more.