LOS OLIVOS, CALIF. — Among the unanswered questions surrounding Michael Jackson's death is: Where will services for the pop icon be held? There has been talk of Neverland Ranch in Santa Barbara County, Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles or some combination of the two, but nothing has been finalized.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Jackson family continued planning a memorial event, including the possibility of a public ceremony at Staples Center followed by a funeral procession to Neverland Ranch in Los Olivos, Calif., a source told The Times. Once at Neverland, friends, family and music industry members would participate in a service.
Family members talked to the Los Angeles Police Department on Tuesday about funeral arrangements but nothing was decided. Law enforcement officials in Santa Barbara County, however, said that they have not been told of any ceremony in Los Angeles, nor have they been approached by the Jackson family about services at Neverland, where massive crowds would be likely.
Although plans remain unsettled, law enforcement agencies and Santa Barbara County officials have been preparing for such an event for days. On Tuesday, officials and Sheriff's Department representatives met twice to discuss the logistics involved in a memorial procession to Neverland.