Jenni Rivera’s family has confirmed that her body has been positively identified, following statements by state officials that DNA tests on her remains had been verified Thursday.
“We have received 100 percent confirmation that my sister Jenny has gone to be with the Lord,” her brother Pedro Rivera, Jr. said in a press conference outside father Pedro Rivera’s Los Angeles-area home on Thursday. “They did show pictures to my brothers of the body, but not the full body. Juan was able to say ‘that was my sister’ and he said ‘I don’t need more.’ Gus also said that was our sister.’”
Rivera added that the two brothers, who arrived to the scene of the tragic incident on Wednesday, did not wait for the DNA results to confirm that their sister had passed away in the plane crash.
“They didn’t have to wait for the DNA,” explained Rivera. “They just knew it was my sister and now they are flying back to Los Angeles with the body.”
A Mexican state official had confirmed Thursday afternoon that Jenni Rivera’s remains had been positively identified, ending days of speculation surrounding the Mexican-American star’s death in a plane crash near Monterrey in northern Mexico on Dec. 9.
Nuevo Leon state security spokesman Jorge Domene, a spokesman for Nuevo Leon State, said that DNA tests confirmed Rivera’s remains, reported a Telemundo reporter on the scene. The 43-year-old entertainer’s remains have been cremated and delivered to her brother, musician Lupillo Rivera.
The remains of Rivera’s entourage – her makeup artist, stylist, publicist and attorney, as well as the two pilots who navigated the Learjet 25 plane – who accompanied her on the flight following her sold out concert at Arena Monterrey were also been identified by The Forensic Medical Service of Monterrey, Mexico, the Associated Press.
Saavedra had previously told reporters that she still had hopes her daughter would be found alive.
At the press conference Thursday, Pedro Rivera, Jr. stated that plans would soon be underway for a free public service in remembrance of the deceased singer in Los Angeles. He also added that arrangements would be made to organize a concert in her memory as well and that any details about his sister’s will would be disclosed at a later date by their younger sister Rosie.