NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Pockets of fans are gathering as close as
they can get to the church where Whitney Houston's funeral will be
held in her New Jersey hometown.
Police in Newark have blocked off streets in every direction
surrounding the New Hope Baptist Church. Outside that perimeter, a
few mourners are gathering Saturday morning. They include fans who
have traveled from as far as Washington, D.C., and Miami. Some
other fans are setting up card tables to sell silk-screened
T-shirts with Houston's image and her CDs. Houston, who was 48, died Feb. 11 in California, the day before
the Grammy awards.
About 1,500 guests are expected to attend Saturday's private
service including Aretha Franklin, Clive Davis and Stevie Wonder.
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