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Michael Jackson: Mourning at Jackson family compound

About a dozen people are gathered outside a large black wrought-iron gate of the Jackson family home in Encino, anxiously waiting for Michael Jackson's family to emerge.

Cars drive down the two-lane small street, some slowing down to see what the commotion is about. A man in a black Jaguar drives by and yells "Is Michael home?" Other drivers honk their horns and  another driver rolls by blasting Jackson's music.

Cameras are positioned and ready on tripods and a TV reporter stands waiting under a black umbrella for shade.

Two 13-year-old boys are walking down the street to get dinner. Shayan Missaghi, who lives about a block away, said that although he's lived in the neighborhood all his life, he's never had contact with the family. After hearing about Jackson's death, the two boys looked at each other in surprise.

"It's sad," said Kevin Mehdizadeh. Missaghi said the same.

Diana Michelson who's lived in the neighborhood for 33 years, and has waved to Jackson's family in passing, said Jackson's death is a shock.

"I'm just stunned," she said. "I didn't think he was sick because he was getting ready to perform." She walked down to the house about a block to see if the media had gathered outside, as they have in the past. "This street's going to be bumper to bumper," she said.

Helene Arthur had to dodge people while trying to enter the gate to her house, right next door to the Jackson residence, where she has lived since 1965. She burst into tears at the news of Jackson's death.

"He used to play over here in my house," she said.

She said her children would invite fans into her house to get a better glimpse of the Jackson residence.

"They'd come tromping through," she said.

Five police officers were blocking the gate to the Jackson house this afternoon.

-- Nicole Santa Cruz in Encino

 
Comments () | Archives (39)

I am truly heartbroken over our loss of Michael. I've always felt like I had a special connection with him as I was born on the same day on August 29, 1958. I too am the 7th child in my family.

The world will never be the same without him. A great loss is felt and it is a very sad day for us all.

Sadly,

Deborah Hewitt

r.i.p. michael jackson luv u

The Jackson family should be left alone to take in the fact that their family member michael has died,how would you feel if that was your BROTHER or SON?.To cope with the sudden loss of a loved one is hard enough without all the attention from the press and media GIVE THEM A BREAK PLEASE.
My thoughts go out to them all x
R. I. P Michael

It a sad day for the people who loved Micheal and his family, my heart goes out to his children. He was a very talented man and all the people who are saying the things about Micheal are disrespected him now that he's gone should go to HELL let him rest in peace!!!!!!
We have to remember he has children who will see the things you all are saying

talent

Just watched Michael's Video "Cry". Let's all hold hands in honor of him. He put everything he had into his work. He touched many lives. Blessed be.

I hope that some member of the paparazzi will have enough of a conscience to take a stand and refuse to exploit the children. I hope all the paparazzi will ask themselves, "What's the right thing too do?" and then do the right thing!

I will miss micheal, no man has had more influence on music as mush as he did, There are stars who wouldnt be around today if it wasnt for him. He broke the color barrier. Regardless of what you might think of him you cant deny he was the greatest entertainer in the world. R.I.P, I love you and not having you in this world hurts me down to my soul. There will never be another one like you. May you moonwalk to heaven.

I will miss u Michael Jackson today, tomarrow, and forever!! R.I.P.

To the Jackson Family,

I feel your pain so deeply in my soul I lost a dear child 3 yr's ago at 30 yr's old and this feel so much like it did back then.

I grew up in south central Calif, and I was so young when the Jackson 5 Bursted into our homes and many of us all seen this young little person move so smoothly across the floor look at this kid we we said
(Remember That).

I feel so sad but yet so glad that with all the(crap) happing around the world today M.J. bought the world to there feet and peace stands still for the moment with the lost of a great and wonderful soul who took his final concert up to the heavens for all of our loveones to see.

Only God knows how we really feel inside what makes us suddenly so sick and when our time is up.
We only hope that we can touch one single person in our life time that will say that you are the reason I feel this way and that would be
Micheal Jackson.

He made his come back today June 25,2009 so let's all remember the good in him and not focus on the nagtive because he will alway's be the great Micheal Jackson.

With much love and prayer's to the family stay strong and close it will get better in time I know.

A.B Much Love.

michael jackson i wish you wher alive i am adoney i like your music.RIP. I WILL MISS

RIP MICHEAL!!! -King of pop. So sad..

Awaking off my bed and the first news i hear;
"Michael Jackson is no more".
Till now i cant believe the sudden news,
the lost of the Greatest Music Legend.
Though i have never had a chance to see you MJ your always cherished both in my heart and soul.
& as for his children daddy will always shadow upon you.
Bless you awesome trio.

Memories of my AWESOME MUSIC LEGEND STAYS FOREVER.
RIP MJ, ur always MY KING OF POP.

I feel quite sad about the death of this amazing performer even though i dislike him from all bad the things he has done. R.I.P

I am deeply sad'n by this. Being only 31 years old he is a major part of my past present and future. My heart goes out to ALL his loved ones. God Bless Us ALL and rest in enternal peace Mr. Michael Jackson, The King of All Music That Make Us Pop, now and years to come. Luv U!!

Such a tortured soul.
I hope you rest in the after life.
God bless.
My love to Michael, and family.
Legends never die.

To Michael,

The reason why I sing today is because of you Michael. You have had a major influence in my decision to sing. Me and many other kids back began to dance your moves and some of us today are professional singers because your existence pushed us. I dont think there will ever be another Michael. I am so glad that you existed in my lifetime.

God bless your soul,

Jorge de Almeida

a real shock indeed

Micheal I always told my mom that when I grew up I wpuld marry you in my heart I was and no matter what others said I was always by your side I love you and will miss you every day of my life Love forever and always Ocean Magdalene Iva Rowland

it is very difficult to link "king of pop" and and someone who we know is no longer with us. he has done so much in the entertainment industry and i loved his work. we will miss you michael.

rest in peace.

h. kilamile

Jackson we love u very much! R.I.P..
i really miss u .. i love your music lot..
-your big fan from maldives-

To Michael, you were my first love of music. I dreamed of you when life was rough... Ur music is trually an inspiration. I never once believed rumors or side with anyone that was against you. I wish I had know u personally! You are trullY the only KING OF POP. I love u sO much mAy u rest in peace.
To the family of Michael u are lucky to have such a magnificent SON, BROTHER && a FATHER!!! may the Lord be with you all

love the Tuilefano's!

I was shocked when I came to know the news about the King of Pop Death.I know him from a very longer time,and seen him in real in Bombay performance,and felt very heart touching.
I am sad that we would be missing the show which he was supposed to do in the next months.
HAIL MICHEAL,I LOVE U SO MUCH.You will be remembered all the time.May your soul rest in peace.

TO THE FAMILY OF MICHEAL JACKSON.YOU ALL ARE IN OUR PRAYERS ACROSS THIS WORLD.WE ALL LOVED MICHEAL AND HE WILL ALWAYS BE IN OUR HEARTS 4 EVER. GOD LOVED MICHEAL SO MUCH,THAT HE SAW HOW TIRED HE WAS. GOD DECIDED TO GIVE HIM REST.WE ALL KNOW THAT GOD MAKES NO MISTAKES.MAY YOU FIND PEACE AND COMFORT IN THE ARMS OF JESUS AT THIS TIME OF SORRY AND 4 EVER. LUV YOU AND KEEP PRAYING AND SO WILL WE. PATRICIA FROM KANSAS CITY

WE LOVE JACKSON, YOU ARE 4 EVER IN OUR PRAYERS AND OUR HEARTS. STAY STRONG AND KEEP YOUR IN JESUS HAND. LUV YA MUCH PAT FROM KC

WE LOVE YOU JACKSON FAMILY. YOU ARE IN OUR PRAYERS AROUND THIS WORLD. GOD BLESS YOU AND STAY STRONG LOVE YA MUCH

 
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