Michael Jackson”s children were joined by hundreds of fans for a vigil outside the childhood home of the late star.
The singer”s family and fans paid tribute to the star on what would have been his 54th birthday.
Fans danced to the King of Pop”s music before the singer”s three children, 14-year-old Paris, 15-year-old Prince Michael and 10-year-old Blanket, and mother Katherine arrived at the house before midnight.
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The house is where the Michael, his siblings and their parents lived until 1969.
Events planned by the family in Gary, Indiana include a dinner on Friday and a concert on Saturday.
At Wednesday”s gathering the three children signed autographs for awaiting fans.
Michael”s sister LaToya told the crowd the family”s musical fame started in the city and in “this little house”.
After saying, “We all love you, Michael,” LaToya folded her hands and looked to the sky.
Earlier in the day, Paris also paid tribute to her father on Twitter.
The 15-year-old posted a picture of herself next to a poster of Michael and included a heart icon in the message
Last week, a Los Angeles judge appointed the pop star”s nephew, TJ Jackson, to share guardianship responsibilities for the late singer”s three children with family matriarch Katherine.
TJ Jackson was appointed a temporary guardian last month while Katherine was incommunicado during a stay at an Arizona spa with relatives.