It’ll be a celestial graduation for la Diva de la Banda…
Jenni Rivera’s family has arranged for a special memorial service at the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal City Walk to give her fans the chance to the late Mexican-American singer.
The ceremony, called a “Celestial Graduation” by Rivera’s family, will take place from 10:00 am to noon this Wednesday, December 19 and will be led by Rivera’s brother, 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.
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, died when the aircraft she was aboard plummeted from 28,000 feet into a mountainous area in northern Mexico. Six others accompanied her on the plane, including her stylist and attorney. There were no survivors.
At the time of the crash, Rivera was on her way 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.