Whitney Houston has been laid to rest next to her father in a brief ceremony in Westfield, New Jersey. The low-key burial marks the end of a weekend that saw some of the biggest stars of stage and screen descend on the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark for a funeral that lasted over three hours.
According to the Press Association, fans and onlookers gathered along the route that a motorcade took to transport Whitney's body from the Newark funeral home to the cemetery 20 miles away. On Saturday (February 18, 2012), the private funeral was closed to fans, but Houston was remembered by the likes of Kevin Costner and Clive Davis who made touching speeches, and Alicia Keys and Stevie Wonder who performed live. Though security was on-hand to prevent those not invited from getting near the church, fans gathered near the funeral home and ran alongside the grave as it began its journey to the cemetery - several fans yelled, "We love you, Whitney". The burial came one day after the funeral service, which ended with Houston's biggest record 'I Will Always Love You' filing the church as mourners made their exit.
According to the Star Ledger, around 100 fans who had gathered close to the cemetery in Westfield watched as a procession of police cars, motorcycles, three limousines, several black Suv's, four cars and the gold hearse made their way into the grounds. Whitney's father John Russell Houston Jr. died in 2003.