June 25, 2010
Posted: 11:54 AM ET
By Avis Thomas-Lester
The pain is still sharp. They read the stories about how he died, why he died, who might have been responsible for him dying and it brings them more anguish.
They play his music over and over, as if one more turn of "I'll Be There" or "Billy Jean" will bring him back. They buy his posters, wear his T-shirts and remember. They are grown, they know they should get over it, but they still mourn.
"I always laughed at Elvis fans who swore that he was still alive, but now I understand because all of us Michael Jackson fans think he might be hanging out with Elvis," said Bridgette Cooper, 45, of Mitchellville. "Hopefully, we'll start having some Michael Jackson sightings."
Other fans accept that he's gone but still gather at makeshift celebrations to pay homage to his music and his genius. The gatherings end up like mini wakes, like at Coopers' house on Father's Day, when she and two relatives broke away from a party to listen to M.J. songs on her iPod. When "Maybe Tomorrow" came on, the mood went somber.
"They were both men and it was surprising to me how much they felt for him and how they had no problem expressing it," Cooper said. "We just listened to the music, sighed and shook our heads."
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