Though her death was confirmed by both American and Mexican authorities who found no survivors in the wreckage of the plane she was travelling in when it crashed early Sunday morning, the family of Long Beach-raised singer Jenni Rivera are holding onto hope that the 43 year-old Diva de la Banda is still alive.
Speaking in front of the Rivera family home in Lakewood Monday, Jenni’s brother Juan said he continued to believe she was still alive, at least until he had confirmation that her body had been recovered.
“My Mama is alive,” 11 year-old Johnny Lopez Rivera tweeted Monday morning. “I lost hope but I got it back. She is not dead.”
The trending hashtag “#savejenni” was first used by Johnny after he discovered a psychic named Gilbert Salas had posted on Facebook that he “knows” that Jenni and her makeup artist, Jacob Yebale—who was traveling with her on the plane—were both badly injured but still alive.
“Yes it is correct that Jenni Rivera is still alive, I believe Jenni and her makeup artists survived, they are located 12 miles west from where they believe the wreckage occurred. It is located behind the mountain on theunderbelly [sic] side near a canyon. It is not visible from an aerial view because it is in a covered area. She is near a stream and she is able to hear the search teams fly overhead that’s how close they are to her.”
The plane crash was devastating. No one survived. But rumors are they the family has sent out helicopters to look for Jenni in response to this false hope. It’s such a tragic story, you can’t help but feel awful for her family and fans but this is not helping. Unfounded tales that she survived or was kidnapped by a drug cartel are completely baseless.
It’s time to face a sad truth. Psychics be damned.
Update: And here it is. Remains have been found. As a commentator remarked, if there is a hell, there is a special circle for psychics who pull this crap.