updated 12/10/2012 AT 9:05 AM ET
•originally published 12/10/2012 AT 9:20 AM ET
While fans far and wide share their sympathy over the death of singer Jenni Rivera, her family members are expressing their grief over the personal loss.
“We are feeling devastated. It’s a devastation to the family,” the 43-year-old’s brother, Pedro Rivera Jr., told E! News outside the Lakewood, Calif., home of the Riveras, while her father, Pedro Rivera Sr. told Telemundo and NBC News that, despite their sadness, the family is grateful for the support Jenni’s fans have shown her over the years.
Reliving the nightmare of Sunday, her brother said, “We were having a beautiful morning, and then we received the news from my brother [Gustavo]. ‘Go see mom because we can’t find Jenni’s plane, we don’t know what’s happened to her.’ ”