NOMAS joins the family, friends and fans in mourning the loss of domestic violence spokesperson Jenni Rivera, who was killed Sunday, December 9, 2012 in a plane crash.
The Lear Jet 25 with U.S. registration, disappeared minutes after taking off from the northern city of Monterrey on its way to Toluca. The crash has been confirmed by Mexico’s Director of Civil Aviation and the NTSB.
At least five people were traveling in the plane: the pilots, Miguel Pérez and Alejandro Torres, and three more passengers: the singer, her publicist and her makeup artist. Before her flight, Rivera had played a concert in Monterrey.
Rivera, an entertainment icon known for her music—with sales of over 15 million albums–as well as her television show, was a tireless champion for Latinas. She was an outspoken immigrants rights activist who actively opposed Arizona SB1070, as well as a supporter of LGBT equality. A teenaged mom, Rivera graduated high school and continued on to earn her degree in business administration.
A victim of domestic abuse during her first marriage, Rivera, in 2010, was named a spokesperson for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Rivera had also established the Jenni Rivera Love Foundation, which offers support to single mothers and victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse.