Families of four members of Jenni Rivera’s entourage who were killed when the singer’s plane crashed last month in Mexico have filed a lawsuit
Families of four members of Jenni Rivera's entourage who were killed when the singer's plane crashed last month in Mexico have filed a lawsuit against the jet's owners and Rivera's Encino-based company. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

CHICAGO - The family of a makeup artist killed in a plane crash that also claimed the life of singer Jenni Rivera is trying to force the aircraft's manufacturer to identify all those who had owned, operated and repaired the Learjet 25.

Rivera's makeup artist, Jacob Yebale, was among the seven people killed when the aircraft crashed Dec. 9 in northern Mexico.

Yebale's family filed a request this week in an Illinois court to compel Bombardier Aerospace and its Learjet division to turn over information on the aircraft's history, including the names of all those who owned, operated and performed maintenance on the plane.

The petition for discovery was filed Wednesday in Cook County Circuit Court in Illinois because Bombardier does a substantial amount of business in the state.

Rivera was known in Mexico and the United States as "La Diva de la Banda," a singer who had sold more than 15 million records of banda music and whose life, loves and losses were well known among her admirers.

Born and raised in Long Beach, Rivera was one of the biggest stars of the Mexican regional style known as grupero music, which is influenced by the norteno, cumbia and ranchero styles.

While her music drew many toward her, it was Rivera's story of humble beginnings growing up in Long Beach, her personal story and struggles through three marriages and raising five children, and her sense of giving back that appealed to her fans.


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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.

The Associated Press and staff writers Susan Abram and Mariecar Mendoza contributed to this report.