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

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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Mickael Jackson is an heros,

thanks for everything

May the god bless u

hope for you the paradis.

My heart bleeds for Michael; the pain that God alone knows he went through. The world has lost a truly wonderful human being; to me Michael was a very loving person despite all that has been said about him; despite his issues, to me he was a human being first and that's what counts; he had compassion for mankind and that is all God could really ask of someone; to love others; truly love others and try to impact positively in some way in others lives and that is exactly what Michael Jackson did. May sound crazy but i cry every night knowing that Michael died alone; hurts a lot.

i would like to say the jackson family do not give up the fight to have michael buried at neverland that is were he wanted to aways be if a president can be buried on private property by have a church pursching and area and label it as a ceremtary why can't the jacksons keep fighting and also my prays to god in this fight and also that the children stay with who michael had requested to take care of them that is his wish and the kids are happy protected and loved the people that try to go against this wish is out for money not the love a child. god bless michael his family and his children god bless him to raise and love. people need to look with in the heart of the person not the dollar signs. michael gave all people love respect even when they were hurting him the will face the maker at their time of judgement for what they have done to michael and his family and children *** mike was a kid at heart like peterpan and also like walt disney wanting to share joy to all. GOD BLESS HIM FOR GIVEN US A ANGLE ON THIS EARTH LIKE HIM HIS SPIRIT WILL BE WITH NEVERLAND AND HIS CHILDREN AND ALL OF US THE REMEMBER HIM

MICHAEL,MICHAEL MICHAEL.I still cant that you are dead.You are such a wonderfull person.May your soul rest in perfect peace

I truly believe that that the world has lost one of its greatest man in the person of Michael Jackson. When i heard about his death, i was at the same time very angry. Angry at those people who were waiting impatiently for his death or to those who did everything they could to hurt that fragile person. All these gossips on his life, have been a torturing him. What must a man do to prove himself good in the eyes of the people? Michael Jackson has done so much. People from every corners of the world have witnessed his goodness, his generosity. Will those poor children, who came to visit him at the Neverland Ranch ever forget that man who has showered so much love on them? I don't think so. There are so many other examples which can be enumerated. It is sad to say that some people didn't and still do not show any respect toward those qualities. Please let us not forget Michael Jackson, let us not forget his amazing personality, let us not forget the love he had for each and every children in this world, let us not forget his music. I just can't write anymore....i can only cry...


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