LBPT: Jenni Rivera remembered by Long Beach State Sen. Ricardo Lara

December 10, 2012

Jenni Rivera remembered by Long Beach State Sen.Ricardo Lara

By Joe Segura, Staff Writer
Posted:   12/10/2012 08:19:50 AM PST

In this picture taken March 8, 2012, Mexican-American singer and reality TV star Jenni Rivera poses during an interview in Los Angeles. The wreckage of a small plane believed to be carrying Mexican-American music superstar Jenni Rivera was found in northern Mexico on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, and there are no apparent survivors, authorities said.

LONG BEACH - State Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Long Beach, issued a statement Monday morning, after learning that no survivors were found at the wreckage site of the plane that reportedly carried three-time Grammy nominee, actress, businesswoman and Long Beach native, Jenni Rivera:

"I had the pleasure of meeting Jenni Rivera last year and was inspired by her humble and vibrant personality," said the chairman of the Latino Caucus. | PHOTOS | Jenni River fans mourn

"My condolences go out to the families of all of those aboard the

plane and my prayers join the millions of fans whom Jenni Rivera touched with her music. "

Rivera was one of the Latinas recognized at the annual Spirit Awards at the state Capitol last year. She was honored for her work with battered women in Los Angeles and for her ability to reach, move and unite international audiences through her music.

"As a strong Latina, she represented her family, community and state at the national and international levels," he added. "Her passionate songs of perseverance inspired millions and brought a renewed interest and respect for her interpretations of Mexican regional music to the United States."