Whitney Houston Laid To Rest Sunday

WESTFIELD, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Whitney Houston was laid to rest Sunday at a brief private ceremony in New Jersey, the end of a weekend that saw the pop star’s family and friends gather at a star-studded funeral to mourn her loss while celebrating her career.

The 48-year-old singer died Feb. 11 in California, hours before she was to attend a pre-Grammy Awards party. No cause of death has been determined.

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Tents gave the grieving family members their privacy for this final ceremony. Fans and onlookers gathered in several places along the route the motorcade took from the Newark funeral home to the cemetery about 20 miles away in Westfield, where Houston was buried next to her father, who died in 2003.

“She’s going to God. We’re not going to see her in the limelight anymore,” fan Lisa Casado told CBS 2’s Dave Carlin.

“Just the fact that her mother brought her back here back to her hometown where it all began at that’s special to me,” said Tiyanna Morris of Newark.

“I feel it’s a closure now. It was complete because she brought the whole world, the United States, together in Newark, New Jersey,” said Gloria Ross of Newark.

On Saturday, she was mourned at an invitation-only funeral at the church in Newark where she sang in the choir as a child. She was remembered by the biggest names in the music: Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys sang, and industry mogul Clive Davis was among those who spoke, as was Kevin Costner, Houston’s co-star in “The Bodyguard.”

The funeral was closed to fans  who were not allowed within blocks of the church. Still, many came to Newark to take part in what ways they could, some from as far as Miami and Washington, D.C.

Fans gathered again near the funeral home Sunday morning, and some even slowly ran alongside the hearse as it began the journey to Houston’s gravesite. Several yelled out “We love you, Whitney” as the hearse, which had a black and white headshot of the star in a window, slowly drove away.

Barbara Davis, 53, of Newark, said she had been waiting outside the funeral home since 8:30 a.m., hoping to get a glimpse of Houston’s final trip.

“To be here at her home-going is an honor and a blessing,” Davis told The Star-Ledger of Newark.

Also among the crowd was Newark resident Eva Aquino and her two granddaughters, ages 10 and 13. All three stood on a street corner as the hearse passed by, and they used cellphones to snap photos of the procession.

The girls were wearing T-shirts and buttons of Houston that their grandmother had bought from vendors outside the funeral home Saturday.

“We came here and bought all these things of her to cherish the memories,” said 13-year-old Nalani Velez of Kearny.

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  1. Felix The Cat Was Black says:

    Felix the cat served 10 years for armed robbery and earned the nickname Bubba tatooed on his tail after his cartoon went off the air. He bad, he the man.

  2. Felix The Cat Was Black says:

    Felix the cat was a Chicago project negroe.

  3. Welcome To Aunt Jemima's Plantation says:

    All street negroes need to go back to the plantation with Cissy Houston and family. She and Dionne Warwick will be flipping their homestyle negro flapjacks mmmm dat be good.

  4. Fun And Games At Charlie Sheen's Crack Hotel says:

    CRACKHEAD DRUNK AND NOW HER DAUGHTER IS IN REHAB. THE PEOPLE WHO TALK ABOUT HER LIKE THEY KNEW HER OR CRITICIZE OTHERS WHO TELL IT LIKE IT IS, ARE DELUSIONAL AND NEED PROFESSIONAL HELP. SHE WAS PAST HER PRIME 15 YEARS AGO AND FAR FROM ANGELIC.

  5. M.A.D says:

    RIP. Thank goodness she is finally buried, now people should move on. Celebrate life because death comes only once and there is no do over.

  6. JGNY says:

    Maybe her estate, which will make some money from her death, should reimburse the taxapayer for this police nonsense. Yes, I do realize that the crowds need control, , but this must have run a few million at least. The record company made that much on thursday of last week from her record sales. The same held true for the Jackso Fiasco. Why must we, the innocent taxpayer be shafted by the politicans ? They wanted to rub elbows with the famous. Let them cough it up. As for Whitney, I liked her music, but be honest. She was a train wreck. Yes, her ex helped expand her drug habit, but she started it by herself. A grown women knows her limits and she fell off the rails. She paid big time in the end. She could have gotten help and resolved it like Elton did. She continued this wreck all by hersel

  7. BE REAL says:

    Enough already! Bobboy Brown killed Whitney Houston and as usual, there was a great deal of “Black on Black Drama” at her funeral. Give me a break. This woman is not a role model (her daughter was caught using drugs after the funeral) destroyed her carrer and eventually her life and all of a sudden we have to pay for police presence at her funeral? We have to relive her life for the next month? Whitney said it best. “Crack is Whack.”

  8. Grace says:

    Whitney’s death is another case of a mountain stream ending in mud! What an example she should have been to young girls! What happened to the American dream, the Christian religion, and Western values? Something terribly gone wrong.
    And Bobby Brown should be punished for introducing Whitney to drugs, which led her to her death.

    1. Wilma says:

      If it is right Brown should be punished for introducing Whitney to drugs……i think Whitney was tired of eveything although she had a wonderful daughter but everyone has her limits she really tired…..
      Any how she was a legend we cant forget that…….

      GOD BLESS HER….WE ALWAYS LOVED YOU…….

  9. Ema says:

    no mata wat.she will always be legend in our hearts.

  10. Monica says:

    Whigham Funeral Home made some tacky moves during the funeral that could have been avoided.

    1. Seating arrangement for Bobby Brown. Not family fault……funeral home takes care this with the church.

    2.Unnecessary public drama ( window displays, sheilding the family and body and yet they do their on displays…( pictures on the hearse. clothes in the window for people who couldn’t get near the funeral home…. very tacky for the celebs to see…etc… )

    3. Music flowing from the heasre going to the cemetary ( announcing “here we come” ) Yet the people were kept away as they entered. Who heard or really saw them ????

    4. Family members only at the cemetary ,so what were you shelding the public from there? Family only.

    How do they really define ” Private vs. Drama ” service?

    Oh don’t forget the very tacky way the funeral procession went off at the end of the funeral.. Shoooing celebes back into their pews like chickens getting out the coup. The exit procedure should have been announced before preparing to move the coffin Drama …drama was what we all saw..

    1. Natalie says:

      Apparently Bobby Brown was invited with 1 guest but showed up with more than 1. Those extra people were asked to sit elsewhere but Bobby refused to sit apart from them. So, yes he was asked to move a few times. If he had respected the family’s wishes & brought 1 person this probably wouldn’t have happened.

      While the funeral home takes care of seating arrangements inside the church & funeral home, I am sure that the family requested for certain people to sit in certain places so as to avoid drama.

      As for shielding the public at the cemetery. They weren’t shielding the public, they were shielding the family so they could have a private moment during this very public time.

  11. Amy Winehouse: GIN, JUICE AND CRACK!!!! says:

    I REPEAT WHITNEY DOESN’T DESERVE A TAX PAID WELFARE POLICE PRESENCE ON NJ RESIDENT’S BACKS. STOP REMOVING A VALID POST.NOT EVERYONE IS HAPPY WITH THIS MISUSE OF TAX DOLLARS FOR A CELEBRITY WHO REPEATEDLY BROKE DRUG LAWS.

  12. Natalie says:

    Whitney’s drug habit withstanding, the police were only necessary to allow the family to have as close to as private funeral/burial that they had wanted. As everyone can see from the news coverage, that was not going to happen & so as to protect the family the PD had to step-in. Otherwise, you all know that chaos would have occurred.

    And yes, Whitney had a drug problem & threw away her amazing talent but she was an amazing singer. That said, did all you people with such harsh comments say the same thing when Michael J died? Because his West Coast funeral attracted more fans, there were probably more police, and he was also a druggie, etc. The man was using Propophol ( which is used to sedate patients for brief medical procedures) for sleep issues. Or did you not, b/c he was MJ?

    Let’s think back to Elvis. Another talent who threw his life away b/c of drugs, etc. Yet look at all the fans who still gather at Graceland each year to celebrate him.

    And although not dead yet, what about the great athletes who used steroids & yet people still look up to them? Oh, but he can hit a ball or pitch so well. And then there are the latest morons… Lindsay L. Charlie S, … and yet so many people still pay them tons of $$ to do a new TV show, or a stage show.

    So, what’s the difference?

  13. Liberals Suck says:

    4 hours??? what a waste of time!!!

  14. winnie says:

    life is not how long you lived but how well you served and you did it excellently when the ball was in your court. you created a huge impact to the world. RIP Whitney

  15. SOSOBLESSED says:

    Dear Whitney,

    Rest in peace and pay no mind to the hateful comments, God forgives us for our sins and God has a place waiting for you the people and their hateful comments will not be as blessed as you are they will never know the God kingdom of our lord and savior.

  16. Amy Winehouse: GIN, JUICE AND CRACK!!!! says:

    I WONDER HOW MANY COPS WERE PAID OT TO BLOCK OFF ROADS AND DIRECT TRAFFIC FOR THIS CRACKHEAD DRUNK’S SERVICE? THEY SHOULD PAY FOR IT AND NOT TAKE TAXPAYER MONEY LIKE ALL JUNKIES AND DRUNKS DO ON WELFARE.

    1. winnie says:

      her life was intense fruitful and memorable and yours?

  17. Amy Winehouse: GIN, JUICE AND CRACK!!!! says:

    ANOTHER GOODBYE, ANOTHER THREAD TOPIC, ANOTHER 15 MINUTE NEWS SEGMENT, ANOTHER LONG WINDED DISCUSSION ABOUT A HAS BEEN CRACKHEAD DRUNK AND THE DELUSIONAL PEOPLE WHO THINK THEY KNEW HER. ENOUGH, DONE NEXT.

  18. Lin-sane says:

    OK may the story now rest with her.Let go Lin-sane.Go New York.Now we have a real role model not some washed up junkie.

  19. Ricardo Figueroa says:

    R.I.P Whitney! Like the song said’s You’re are the Greatest!

  20. maritza andino says:

    *I WILL ALWAY LOVE YOU* HITNEY MAY U ALWAYS HAVE ETERNAL PEACE❤

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