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Whitney Houston Funeral

Casket Under LOCKDOWN

Until Burial

2/18/2012 2:11 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The casket of Whitney Houston.
The casket of Whitney Houston will be heavily guarded until the burial Sunday morning, with a whopping 10 security guards tasked with keeping watch on it ... TMZ has learned. 

According to our sources, the casket will be kept at the cemetery until tomorrow's burial ... but will be well-protected until then.

We're told the family will get an opportunity to see Whitney one more time between now and tomorrow morning.  

Today's funeral service featured touching testimonials by Kevin Costner and Clive Davis, among others.

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16.

Deb    

The reason they didn't bury her today could have to do with a time factor. I know in Indiana they will not let you have a funeral after a certain time due to the fact they can't get the body buried before dark.

946 days ago
17.

leslie    

Most black churches always bury the dead in the morning. I have only seen people buried in the morning myself, never in the evening.

946 days ago
18.

who cares    

Wow at all the cops there, they way they are dressed you would swear a officer or firefighter died... If i lived in Jersey I would be asking who is paying for all this because it looks as if the tax payers of jersey are paying thousands of dollars in police and it is probaly overtime. I wouldn't be surprized if the cost to tax payers is around 50k..

946 days ago
19.

bill    

What a joke this has become Christian my ass. It's ALL about the money and nothing else in this case. Wh rest in pease you dont have to put up with Ghetto "yes men' family anymore they help you on your way and now they are picking clean what is left

946 days ago
20.

who cares    

Damn those Christains and so called people of god are some f up people...... Oh and TMZ your reporting lies again and ignoring facts, I believe bobby before i believe TMZ

946 days ago
21.

LAWRENCE    

WTF, you just had that four hour ceremony, why didn't you just put the body in the ground right after that? Flags at half-staff, governor & mayor attend for a religious ceremony for a crackhead that drown in a bathtub after drinking champagne, beer and sucking down zanax. Yeah that makes any sense. This country has no soul, that was a funeral that a soldier, fireman or policeman deserves and not some drug addict who wasted away her gift.

946 days ago
22.

lala    

@ who cares,
The Mayor or Newark and the Governor of NJ was in attendance, so it may explain the police presence.

And I'm positive the family picked up the tab for any cops used for overtime, etc, as did MJ's.

946 days ago
23.

Throwback kid    

They should have 24 hour surveillance on Ray J and Bobby Brown, there is no shame in their game. These are two brotha's that need work and love drama and attention. I wouldn't put it past either one of them to take a picture in the coffin and try to sell it. RIP Whitney, wow what a voice

946 days ago
24.

elm    

The Baptists do some funky stuff. This could go on for several more days.

946 days ago
25.

johnny3000    

I wish TMZ and other news and entertainment sources would stop reporting on whitney houstons death. She was a crackhead, who cares.

946 days ago
26.

elm    

When does Ray jay's WHitney sex tape come out.

946 days ago
27.

justme    

People are so whack and naive...when it comes to burying especially in the African American community it is not unheard of to bury your loved one the day after a funeral...It is not about being a celebrity. Also many of the cemeteries in the NJ area close at 4pm. Please research before you make such naive comments. RIP Whitney Houston she was a human being NOW lets go check your closets oh no lets not let that happen too many skeletons will pop out. LACK of faith is why Americans are viewed with such indignity by others wake up people...

946 days ago
28.

who cares    

Yup I knew what TMZ reported was a bunch of crappy lies and that they probably wouldn't let Bobby be with his daughter. And that right there just tells you how f ed up this and you so called Christains are so f ed up trashy hateful people. I hope that Bobbi gets to spend some time with her dad. At this point in Bobby's life he would probably be the best influence on his daughter, because it is obvious her mom wasn't.

946 days ago
29.

elm    

The Governor is at the family's beck and call - so the notion that they couldn't do a late afternoon burial is not valid. There is at least one more day to this spectacle.

946 days ago
30.

TJ    

I feel sorry for Whitney and her family. What tormented her so,to cause her to choose to take drugs? To make that bad decision over ,and over again? To not have the strength, to save herself? We will never know. Perhaps if she had retired and led a quiet life,she would have survived.

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