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"She was well known in the neighborhood," Chavez said. "Many of us can’t believe what’s happened."
Israel Vicente said he lives down the street from Rivera, and knew that she frequented restaurants on Ventura Boulevard such as Farfalla.
"I liked her music," Vicente said. "She is known as a Diva, but she’s also is a role model to so many people.
"We’re really sad about it," added fan Araceli Romero of Encino.
"I’m sad because she was an inspiration to many in the Latino community," said Cesar Carrera, of Woodland Hills. He and his brother Eric Carrera also drove up to the home.
"She not only did a lot for the Latino community, but for many people who were homeless," Eric Carrera added.
Everyone from singers to celebrities to clubs that once hosted Rivera offered condolences to the singer’s family on Twitter.
"My heart breaks for the loss of Jenni Rivera & everyone on the plane. My prayers go out to her family. We lost a legend today," wrote Eva Longoria.
Rivera recently won two Billboard Mexican Music Awards: Female Artist of the Year and Banda Album of the Year for "Joyas prestadas: Banda." She has also been nominated various times for Latin Grammys.
The singer, businesswoman and actress had her own reality shows including "I Love Jenni" and "Jenni Rivera Presents: Chiquis and Raq-C" and her daughter’s "Chiquis `n Control." She had recently signed a deal with ABC to develop a sitcom about a Latina single mom.
On Saturday night, Rivera had given a concert before thousands of fans in Monterrey. After the concert she gave a press conference during which she spoke of her emotional state following her recent divorce from former Major League Baseball pitcher Esteban Loaiza, who played for teams including the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers.
"I can’t get caught up in the negative because that destroys you. Perhaps trying to move away from my problems and focus on the positive is the best I can do. I am a woman like any other and ugly things happen to me like any other woman," she said Saturday night. "The number of times I have fallen down is the number of times I have gotten up."
The mother of five children and grandmother of two had announced in October that she was divorcing Loaiza after two years of marriage. It was her third marriage.
She was proud to present herself as a Latina woman struggling to give a good life to her children.
"I am the same as the public, as my fans," she told The Associated Press in an interview last March.
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