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Michael Jackson memorial at Staples Center under consideration

June 30, 2009 |  3:08 pm

The Jackson family continued this afternoon to plan a memorial service and funeral for Michael Jackson, with one source telling The Times that one plan involves a ceremony at Staples Center.

Under this scenario, which the source said is still very much in the planning stages, a public ceremony at Staples Center would be followed by a procession to Neverland Ranch in Santa Barbara County. The source said that once there, friends, family and members of the music industry would participate in a memorial service on the grounds.

Sources in local law enforcement said they have not heard about a memorial in Los Angeles.

Lt. Butch Arnoldi of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department said the agency has not been approached by any members of the Jackson family about a memorial at Neverland.

-- Harriet Ryan and Ruben Vives

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