The sound of Whitney Houston’s voice blared over speakers in Leimert park as people danced and sang along during a vigil in her memory on Monday night.
“She sang songs that were uplifting, she sang songs about real life, she sang songs that were moving, that would move people,” says Tyronne Alonzo Rouege, who has followed Houston’s career from the beginning.
While some of the fans celebrated her life, others were overwhelmed.
“I can’t believe she’s gone. It’s very emotional that’s my favorite song they’re playing,” weeps Adinett Nsabimana. “I couldn’t believe it. I just read something about her two days before. She was going to perform for Clive Davis that night and she left right before the Grammys. Just like Michael Jackson died before his comeback.”
Fans lit candles in memory of the iconic singer. Some embraced each other, expressing their sorrow and disbelief at Whitney’s death.
“I still can’t believe it. It’s still surreal to me,” says Danny Woods, a blues singer who admired the pop star. “But she’s a living legend that will never go. Her voice is forever.”
Fans at Leimert Park vigil didn’t want to talk about the superstar’s erratic behavior during her final days. They say they want to remember her as a beautiful icon and the legend she has now become.
“She’s known for her talent and that’s something that no one can take away from her,” says Woods. “It’s sad to say, but I think she was a victim of her talent.”