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Whitney Houston’s Casket Under Tight Security Until Burial

Whitney Houston's casket
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Whitney Houston will be laid to rest today (Feb. 19), but until then, her casket is under lock and key. Until the fallen star’s burial in Westfield, N.J. later on, security is extra tight on her platinum and gold casket.TMZ reports that 10 security guards are keeping watch of Houston’s casket. The site also notes that Houston’s family and closest friends will have one more opportunity to view the legend before she is buried next to her father in Fairview cemetery.

Houston’s three-hour funeral was aired on CNN and streamed online for fans yesterday (Feb. 18). Despite the attendance of pop divas like Mariah Carey and Mary J. Blige and the likes of Alicia Keys, R. Kelly and Stevie Wonder performing, at its core, Houston’s memorial was still a traditional Baptist worship service. Houston’s funeral took place at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J., the same church where she grew up and found her voice in the choir.

Security was equally tight at the funeral, which was cause for some contention. Houston’s husband, Bobby Brown, left the memorial service early after claims that security made him move his seat multiple times and wouldn’t allow him to sit with his family in the first row, nor to see his daughter with Houston, Bobbi Kristina.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Houston’s family during this difficult time.

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