The year 2012 brought major changes for the Latino community. As Hispanics expanded to 10 percent of the voting population, helping to usher Obama in to a second term as president in November, few could deny that politicians finally have to take Latinos seriously.
At the same time, the Latino community faced tragic events. Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera passed away in a tragic plane crash this month, and the shooting that took boxing legend Hector "Macho" Camacho's life highlighted the rising violence in Puerto Rico that has sparked a social movement demanding peace.
So from the rise of the Latino voter to Shakira's baby bump, here's a look back at the top 24 Latino stories of 2012.