Whitney Houston remembered at hometown funeral

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The funeral for Whitney Houston was held Saturday at the New Jersey church she attended as a child.

The New Hope Baptist Church in Newark was packed to capacity for the invitation-only service. Houston died February 11 in California the day before the Grammy awards. She was 48 years old.

Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys are among those who sang at the service. Kevin Costner, Clive Davis and others have spoken. The Rev. Marvin Winans has eulogized Houston.

The funeral ended with Houston's casket being taken out the church as her hit "I Will Always Love You" played. Her mother's sobs could be heard throughout the church, and Houston's daughter is crying too.

Houston is expected to be laid to rest near her father's grave in New Jersey.

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