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Michael Jackson fans pay tribute on 2-year anniversary

June 25, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Fans paid their respects to Michael Jackson on Saturday, observing the two-year anniversary of the King of Pop's death.

A crowd gathered at Jackson's final resting place at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale.

They brought flowers and also flags to represent their different backgrounds, but they all share a common bond - a love for Michael Jackson.

"He just wanted to make the world a better place, and now that he's gone, that lives on through the fans who love him. We're carrying that message and his mission through us," said fan Linda Higgins.

Members of the group, the Michael Jackson Tribute Portrait, gathered to visit the mausoleum and honor the King of Pop. Fans of all ages and walks of life paid their respects.

"To see so many people representing so many countries here, he would just love it. I know he's looking down loving it," said another fan Valmai Owens.

Another fan Cynthia Brayboy visited Forest Lawn on her own. She said Michael Jackson was a big part of her life. She showed Eyewitness News a photo she took of Joe Jackson visiting his son's resting place before fans began to arrive.

"To us, Michael was just like a pop star, and the King of Pop and this worldwide figure, but looking at Mr. Jackson and his eyes and how sad he was, he was somebody's son. That really touched me," Brayboy said.

This year, the crowd was much smaller than it was on the first anniversary of his death. But to Felesha Wilson, who wore a custom-made Michael Jackson outfit to his resting place Saturday, those honoring him on the second year anniversary are the true fans.

"The people that are here, god bless them and I appreciate it. Me, I'm going to Hollywood and I'm doing everything. I'm Michael-ing all day," Wilson said. "He is the man. Always was and always will be."

Michael Jackson fans were allowed to visit the mausoleum until the end of visiting hours at 4:30 p.m.

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