MONTERREY, Mexico -- Authorities in Mexico are working to identify the remains of singer Jenni Rivera and six others who died in a plane crash near Monterrey Sunday morning.
Rivera’s famous brother, singer Lupillo Rivera, and other relatives traveled from Los Angeles to Monterrey to provide DNA samples.
The diva of Banda music died as she lived -- in the spotlight. A crowd of cameras greeted her brother when arrived at the morgue. He waved, but did not stop.
A team of investigators from the U.S. and Mexico are working to find the cause of the plane accident that that killed the singer and the six other people.
Rivera’s California driver’s license was found in the wreckage of the Lear jet that was built in 1969, the year singer was born. The plane went down in a mountainous region outside Monterrey about ten minutes after departing. Rivera was on the way to a concert in Mexico City.
As her family waits for the results of DNA samples identifying her remains, fans are offering prayers at the basilica in Monterrey, where huge crowds gather this time of year to honor the Virgin of Guadalupe.
“I prayed for my family, and included Jenni in those prayers,” said Erika Ruiz, who came to the basilica with her husband and one-year-old son to leave candles at the entrance.
Mariachis played at mass inside, beginning the holiday that pays homage to Mexico’s dark-skinned Madonna and patron saint of the Americas. On a street near the basilica, accordion player Felix Rivera banged out a song that honors the Virgin of Guadalupe.
He said it was also in memory of Jenni Rivera, “It’s painful for us to lose her.”
Fans organized a vigil at the basilica for the singer in the city where she performed her last concert.
Evelyn Baeza said she had one prayer: “May she rest in peace.”