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Jackson family to hold small, private ceremony before memorial at Staples Center

July 2, 2009 | 10:08 pm

Before the public memorial for Michael Jackson at Staples Center on Tuesday, there will be a small, private ceremony earlier that morning for family and some special guests at an undisclosed location, his brother Jermaine Jackson told CNN's Larry King tonight.

Jermaine Jackson gave King a tour of Neverland Ranch, showing the talk show host some of his brother's favorite spots on the 3,000-acre ranch and pointing to the spot near the train station where he said he would love to see his little brother's body put to rest.

"The hardest thing is where do you rest Michael Jackson?" Jermaine Jackson said. "Everything he did was so over the top and there are people coming from all over the world in groups of twenties and hundreds of thousands."

Jermaine Jackson said the family struggled with choosing a location for the memorial because no location seemed large enough or adequate enough. He said he is still concerned that Staples Center might prove too small for the thousands of people he expects will want to pay their respects to the King of Pop.

"We want a lot of the industry to be there as much as possible," he said. "But Larry, there's no place even big enough. We talked about the Washington Monument, we talked about the Coliseum. We talked about a lot of places. Larry, there are 20's of thousands just from the UK.... We worked with the city authorities and they're trying their best with the time frame we have and we're hoping that everybody's safe and that things are going to be locked down pretty much."

To know Michael, his brother said, is to listen to the lyrics of his songs.

"We want the world to take part in this event, but at the same time we're mourning," he said. "We're mourning because this is the most incredible human being there will ever be. And I'll tell you why. I'll quote something to you, 'I'm starting with the man in the mirror. I'm asking him to change his ways. And no message could have been any clearer. If you want to make the world a better place, you have to look at yourself and make a change.' When you listen to the content of songs, the melodies, the messages, the videos, the concerts, that's who he was. That's who he is."

Jermaine Jackson also said the family intends to have a series of memorials around the country.

—Maria Elena Fernandez

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