Dec 10 2012

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After hours of speculation Mexican officials announced late Sunday that a plane carrying Mexican American singer Jenni Rivera was found and that they believed there were no survivors.

Gerardo Ruiz Esparza, Mexico’s transportation and communications minister, said authorities found what remained of the plane in mountainous terrain in northeastern Mexico, just south of Monterrey, on Sunday night.

The daughter of Mexican immigrants, Rivera, was born and raised in Long Beach, California. She was fluent in Spanish, English and Spanglish and had fans on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.

For many Latinos she was a symbol of successfully straddling two cultures. She grew up in a Spanish speaking home, with Mexican traditions and attended Long Beach Unified School District schools that taught in English. And she believed that both the English and Spanish language where equally as important.

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