UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. - Hundreds of fans of singer Jenni Rivera gathered Wednesday in Universal City for a chance to enter a 6,189-seat arena for her memorial service, which her family has billed a "celestial graduation."
Many people had bought tickets for $1 from Ticketmaster for the service at Gibson Amphitheatre, but others arrived empty-handed. They swarmed two of Rivera's brothers, Pedro Jr. and Juan, when they came by a gate to distribute free tickets.
"Pedro, we want to be with Jenni," one woman said in Spanish. Another said she had brought her entire family.
Television reports showed four men carrying Rivera's casket into the amphitheater for the memorial service that was closed to most media, although a broadcast of the proceedings was made available.
The burial will be private.