Crowds gather in front of Jackson’s childhood home |

Crowds gather in front of Jackson’s childhood home

Maachan Lee, of Gary, consoles her daughter Sierra Jeffries, 12, in front of the childhood home of Michael Jackson in Gary, Ind., Thursday, June 25, 2009, after his death was announced. Jackson, who was born in Gary and started his career here died in Los Angeles. He was 50. (AP Photo/Post-Tribune, Jeffrey D. Nicholls) ** NW INDIANA OUT, MUNSTER OUT. MICHIGAN CITY OUT, VALPARAISO OUT. CHICAGO OUT. **
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GARY, Ind. – Hundreds of fans have crowded the street outside Michael Jackson’s modest childhood home in Gary, Ind., after word spread that the “King of Pop” had died in Los Angeles at the age of 50.

Some fans formed a prayer circle Thursday on the front yard of the small white frame home where Jackson grew up. Others left stuffed animals and notes expressing their condolences.

Fifty-year-old Bernetta Galloway of Gary said residents are proud of Jackson because he was “somebody from Gary who did something with their life.”

Jackson was 11 when the family moved out of Gary after the Jackson 5 recorded their first album in 1969.

Jackson’s last trip to Gary was in June 2003.

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