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Jenni Rivera Saluted in Los Angeles

Posted: Dec. 26th, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse
Jenni Rivera
CNN

Rising star and Los Angeles favorite Jenni Rivera was saluted in a heartfelt final farewell at the Gibson Amphitheater after passing in a tragic airplane accident earlier this month. Thousands of former fans and supporters gathered to pay homage to the aspiring artist's talents and accomplishments in a touching remembrance.

A bright red casket with butterflies on it was center stage in a packed Los Angeles auditorium Wednesday as thousands of mourners bid farewell to Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera.

Brassy music rang out in the Gibson Amphitheatre, which holds 6,100 people. Photos showing Rivera with her family flashed in the background. Fans chanted her name, waving white roses in the air.

"Jenni made it OK for women to be who they are," longtime manager Pete Salgado said, choking back tears and drawing cheers from the crowd. "Jenni also made it OK to be from nothing with the hopes of being something."

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