Jose Romero and wife Elpidia Romero, fans of the singer Jenni Rivera, center, gather with fans outside the home of Rivera's father during a news conference in Lakewood, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012.  (AP Photo/Patrick T. Fallon)

Jose Romero and wife Elpidia Romero, fans of the singer Jenni Rivera, center, gather with fans outside the home of Rivera’s father during a news conference in Lakewood, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Patrick T. Fallon)

Fans mourn the loss of singer Jenni Rivera

As news broke that Mexican “banda” singer Jenni Rivera died in a plane crash in Mexico, fans flocked to a Lynwood memorial service to remember the Long Beach native and often-time Los Angeles resident.

Family members confirmed Sunday night that Rivera died when the Learjet she was in disappeared from radar near Monterey in northern Mexico. Her brother, Gustavo Rivera, said he and another brother planned to travel to Mexico to claim their sister’s remains. They had not made funeral plans.

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“It’s not something we want to see,” he said. “But we gotta go pick up our sister. We gotta bring her home.

“You could say we were like the Jackson 5. Now we’re missing one.”

Fans, meanwhile, gathered Sunday night a Mexican-themed strip mall in suburban Lynwood, carrying candles and photos of the singer.

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