POSTED: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 10:35pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 10:35pm
El Paso, TX — Wednesday fans and friends gathered at a memorial to remember singer Jenni Rivera. The event gave fans a chance to cope with the tragic death of Jenni Rivera, who passed away Sunday night in a plane accident over Monterrey Mexico.
She was a superstar in the world of Mexican music and had strong ties to the Borderland. Jenni Rivera had just finished a show in Monterrey Mexico when her plane went off the radar and crashed.
" I've been following her songs since I was 11. It's been really hard you know when I first heard it on Sunday, I started crying," said tearful fan Cindy Martinez. “I couldn't believe it. i mean i had been following her tweets on Saturday night."
Fans mourned the 43 year old's death. The radio station 94.7 El Gato hosted a weekly segment with Rivera and had introduced her many times at concerts in El Paso. That station held the vigil at Romeo's nightclub in El Paso.
"Everybody's like listening to her songs now that she's gone. She was popular already but I think she's gonna become more like a legend now that she's gone," said fan Erika Gaytan.
Jenni Rivera most recently performed in El Paso this past September and Cindy Martinez had attended that concert, not expecting it would be one of Jenni's last.
"I almost got kicked out of the concert for recording but now its something that I can treasure forever," said Martinez.
Fans of Jenni Rivera feel that she died at the peak of her career. She was becoming more and more popular because of her reality TV show that developed a strong following.
"She helped out a lot of people. That (show) was showing us just not the artist, but the mom she was, sister, the friend," said Martinez.
Her music will continue to speak to her fans.
"Good concert, good songs, I had a lot of her cd's. Just unbelievable she's gone. But she's gonna live in our hearts, she's still alive for all her fans" said Gaytan.
Fans say she will live on through her music.
"We can relate to her songs. Her music is just her life," said Martinez
According to CNN, determining what caused Sunday's crash could take up to a year, officials said. Authorities were still working Wednesday to identify remains found at the crash site in a remote area of Northern Mexico.