Hundreds of Michael Jackson fans turn out for Richmond tribute

By Tara Morgan - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Several hundred local Michael Jackson fans turned out for a lively memorial tribute to the late pop legend.

The event, hosted by the group "Citizens Against Crime", was held at Festival Park near the Richmond Coliseum.

Fans brought out their dancing shoes to honor Michael Jackson and the mark he made on the music industry and the world. Hundreds moved to the beat of every Jackson hit that came across the loud speakers. Each had their own personal favorite.

"I love Rock With You, definitely," said one fan.

Another said his favorite song was "Beat It."

"My favorite song is Thriller that's the all time greatest video," said Lorenzo Briggs.

Many had memorial T-shirts, like the one given to Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones. But Miguel Martin donned a special outfit to honor the late pop legend.

"I've just been crying upset sad and today I just want a change I wanted to come out and celebrate Michael Jackson's life his contribution to music to the world," said Martin.

It was Jackson's music that kept this crowd on its toes. One highlight, a special dance tribute by Richmond native "Pop-a-Dok". Now living in Atlanta, the Michael Jackson impersonator brought his fancy footwork back to Richmond to wow the crowd. But eight year old Yung Lil was also a crowd pleaser.

"He was the one who changed the world he was a star a very big star," said Lil.

A star, concert promoter David Cooper, cherished from the beginning. Cooper says he brought The Jackson Five to the Richmond coliseum in the early 70's.

"It just shows how much love they have for him he was worth loving," said Cooper.

That love illuminated by candlelight.

"We love you Michael we love you Michael we love you Michael," said the crowd.
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