A day after an emotional funeral service was broadcast across the globe, Whitney Houston was quietly buried in a New Jersey cemetery.
The private family-only burial at Fairway Cemetery, south of her hometown of Newark, N.J., was the final step in what her family dubbed Whitney’s “coming home.”
Scores of fans lined the streets as the procession with Houston’s body made its way to the cemetery. Houston’s mother, Cissy, and the singer’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina, were joined by family and friends.
“It was emotional,” Teresa Giannetta, 35, who lives in Westfield, N.J., and showed up with her daughter, Julia, 8, said to Reuters after the hearse went by. Like many fans, Giannetta said she grew up listening to Houston’s music and likened the singer to “the voice of my childhood.”
“It’s bittersweet to have her buried so close to home for us,” she said.
Houston was buried in a plot next to that of her father, John Russell Houston Jr.
The burial comes a day after the emotionally charged, star-studded funeral ceremony at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, where the Winans family, Stevie Wonder and others sang in tribute of the Queen of Pop.
Rest in peace, Whitney.