February 16th, 2012
11:34 AM ET

Houston funeral preparations under way at New Jersey church

Preparations were under way Thursday for the private, invitation-only funeral of pop superstar Whitney Houston at the New Jersey church where she sang as a child.

Metal barricades were being erected around a tribute area in front of New Hope Baptist Church, where fans of Houston were leaving balloons, candles and photographs of the singer.

Inside, funeral directors met with members of the Newark, New Jersey, police, who will provide security for the event, said police Sgt. Ronald Glover.

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  1. carolyn

    She was a mom first and a great singer may she rest in gods loving forgiving hands bobbi christie needs to follower her heart and be at peace knowing her mom is in a better place with better people who will lift her up not tear her down my prayers are with you bobbi

    February 17, 2012 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  2. blknwht

    Wow...racist..derogatory..degrading comments are not necessary!! cowards always hide behind a keyword!! if this was ur mother..sister family member would u call her a crack head and smile that shes dead!! this world is evil and always remember u may be living now but when its ur time God may show u whos the BOSS!! u may die in pain n suffering so be careful what u say abt people...karma is something!! yes its alot of coverage but show some respect! if u feel the news need to discuss something else go on the internet in catch up or just turn the tv off...stop complaining like an ignorant person yes u are ignorant!!

    February 17, 2012 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  3. gborrero

    wow i cant believe how crule people can with no compassion for a very talented who made some very poor choices yeah she with her voice was able to reach into your heart and make you feel love sadness joy and pain that is not easy to put yourself out there and bring your gift to the world she may have made alot of money but

    February 17, 2012 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  4. gborrero

    wow i cant believe how crule and selfabsorbed peoplecan b with no compassion for a beautiful imperfect person with her voice was able to reach into your heart and make you feel love sadness joy and pain that is not easy to put yourself out there and share your gift and get back non of the love you have shown just scorn and criticisim it drove her to a place that we couldnt know or understand i hope u few when you meet your maker that u are shown more compasson than give Lord have MercyR.I.PWH

    February 17, 2012 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  5. gborrero

    wow i cant believe how crule and selfabsorbed peoplecan b with no compassion for a beautiful imperfect person with her voice was able to reach into your heart and make you feel love sadness joy and pain that is not easy to put yourself out there and share your gift and get back non of the love you have shown just scorn and criticisim it drove her to a place that we couldnt know or understand i hope u few when you meet your maker that u are shown more compasson than give Lord have Mercy

    February 17, 2012 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  6. Nanade

    To God be the glory!! TO EVERYONE that seems to believe that they and their kind are perfect..and without sin..shame on you! to those of you that a making the death of a super star into some sort on racial (kkk) situation I applaud you for simply demontrating your ignorance!! Ms. Whitney Houston was not only the worlds greatest singer since E. PRESLEY (OH HOW DID HE LIVE AND DIE)? )s Houston was a producer a director writer and buisness and she was not one to want to be in the limelight, but evryone wanted to take from her her peace of mind, her solitude and a sfor New Jersey I strongley suggestion you gather more somstantial information.. for you will see that Whitney supported several charities, endowment and programs. Not only there but throughout the world. Jesus said in the book of Matthew.Ye without sin cast the first stone." God's promise is to forgive a person 70 x 70 if you are sincere. Ms. Whitney has been forgiven. So stop the nonsence and allow her family and the world mourn her. RIP Whitney.

    February 17, 2012 at 2:47 am | Report abuse |
  7. Irene Allen (FortWayne,In)

    @ BBrown..u don't have anything 2 du but sit @ the computer & talk bad about some1!!! Get a life u loser!!! U jst want so much attention & wish u was famous like Whitney Houston was. U'll never amount up 2 what she was...remember that, hater!!!:P hmmmmmmmmmmm

    February 17, 2012 at 3:35 am | Report abuse |
    • BBrown

      What's the "hmmmmmmmmm" about? Did you find a piece of fried chicken in one of the folds of your belly? LMAO

      February 17, 2012 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  8. Irene Allen (FortWayne,In)

    Itz a shame how some of u make such nasty comments, about Whitney Houston. She was an amazing person..her voice was the best i heard out of all history. Some of u have no respect 4 urself, her or her family. Get off the computer & get a life...haters!!!:P hmmmmmmmmmmm

    February 17, 2012 at 3:44 am | Report abuse |
  9. Irene Allen (FortWayne,In)

    My prayers go out 2 Whitney Houston family. Bobbi Christina..stay strong & remember ur mom is n a better place. Look 2 the Lord & he will give u strength! Love1another!*

    February 17, 2012 at 3:56 am | Report abuse |
  10. er nurse va.

    Leave her alone.. Rip houston...let her rest in peace..

    February 17, 2012 at 5:11 am | Report abuse |
  11. princess jd

    RIP Whitney Houston God know u were ready 2 meet your maker. He do not make any mistake. He told his death angel 2 go knock on your door cause your work were finishes on this side of the land of the living

    February 17, 2012 at 6:23 am | Report abuse |
  12. MCarrey

    Rest in peace you tacky chicken head.

    February 17, 2012 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  13. Kardash

    I think Ray J's giant schlong did that ho in. He tore her crack head up.

    February 17, 2012 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  14. Greg from DE

    Whitney Houston was/is a Beautiful person with an Amazing gifted voice. R.I.P. GOD's ANGEL!!!!

    February 17, 2012 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  15. GfED

    Beautiful outside horrible inside.

    February 17, 2012 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
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