Two SUVs carrying relatives followed the hearse from a Newark funeral home to the Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, the Associated Press reported. Aunt Pat Houston and her daughter Rayah Houston, grandmother Cissy Houston and cousin Dionne Warwick were among those photographed outside the Whigham Funeral Home, which handled Whitney Houston's arrangements in early 2012 and conducted a service for Bobbi Kristina on Monday.
Members of the Houston and Brown families had, according to People, just flown up from the Atlanta area, where a memorial service was held Saturday. A former bodyguard to Whitney Houston told the magazine Monday that
Police reportedly closed the road leading to the ceremony. Fans and the media were banned from the graveside ceremony, which People said appeared to have a pink theme, with pallbearers wearing pink Converse tennis shoes and belts.
A photo taken of Bobbi Kristina in her casket — allegedly taken during a viewing Friday — has been sold for more than $100,000, according to TMZ. The Brown and Houston families, who don't get along, were each blaming the other for the picture getting out.
A picture of Whitney Houston's body lying in the casket wound up making it onto the cover of a supermarket tabloid after the singer died. That shot was believed to have been taken inside the funeral home.
Saturday's church service for the 22-year-old, who died July 26 after nearly six months in a coma, was marred by Bobbi Kristina's aunt Leolah Brown, her father's sister, reportedly stalking out during a eulogy by Pat Houston, Whitney's sister-in-law.
The memorial service "was wonderful until Pat started speaking," Leolah Brown told media outside St. James United Methodist Church, noting that she'd yelled out to Pat as she was leaving that Whitney would haunt her sister-in-law from the grave. "She is being the phony person that she is."
Bobby Brown left his ex-wife's funeral in 2012 shortly before it began, blaming his departure on a seating mix-up.
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