Fans remember MJ at Gary memorial

Joe Jackson attends event
July 10, 2009 9:35:31 PM PDT
Thousands of Michael Jackson fans packed a baseball stadium in Gary, Indiana on Friday night for a memorial service. Thousands of fans were at memorial at the U.S Steelyard stadium along with Jackson's father Joe.

The music-filled celebration lasted three and a half hours.

It was pure Michael Jackson - every step, every song, every performance.

"This is a pleasure, to be back to see so many people here. And so, you know, it's always good to come back home," said Joe Jackson.

They came by the thousands. And the emotion moved Michael's relatives.

"I just see so much it makes me cry and we're going to miss him so much," said David Fossett, Michael Jackson's cousin.

Every detail was a tribute. They wore white gloves. They cheered. They danced. They dressed like Michael, head to toe.

"I've never done anything like this. I don't dress like Michael Jackson or anything on a regular basis. But I just love the guy," said Anthony Skarja, Michael Jackson fan.

"There is love because we were talking about somebody from our hometown. If your hometown doesn't love you, you got nothing. You can go away and be a success and be a failure. If you can't come home, we are lost souls," said Fred "The Hammer" Williamson, actor.

"Gary, people, we believe that it's not where your physical body is. It's where your heart is," said Mayor Rudy Clay, Gary, Indiana.

Six-thousand five hundred fans had a chance to sign a card offering their condolences. They took pictures of Michael Jackson lookalikes. They gave out hundreds white gloves in memory of the King of Pop.


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