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Neighbors of Jackson family say they are fed up with Michael Jackson memorial disruptions

July 9, 2009 |  7:29 am


Neighbors who live near the Jackson family compound in Encino said they are fed up with the crowds of fans and media and are hoping their community gets back to normal soon.

Residents met last night with Los Angeles Police Department officials to vent their concerns about the onslaught of media attention, which prompted the city to close Hayvenhurst Avenue to all but local residents.

"It's going on and on and on and on," one Jackson neighbor told KTLA News. "The poor guy is dead. Leave the family alone."

The media descended on the Jackson compound hours after Michael Jackson died two weeks ago, and the neighborhood hasn't been the same since. Fans continued to trickle over to the Jackson property on Wednesday, even as the LAPD began to take down the makeshift memorial that fans have created in front of the home. Hayvenhurst, meanwhile, has been reopened to the public. 

One neighbor told KTLA's Jason Martinez that the neighborhood won't get back to normal until the media leaves. And it's unclear when that will happen.

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: Trash bags and debris are seen at a makeshift memorial for Michael Jackson outside the Jackson family home in the Encino section of Los Angeles, Wednesday, July 8, 2009. Credit: AP Photo/Matt Sayles

Panorama: Jackson family home in Encino