Whitney Houston's Body Flown Back to Jersey
Huge send-off planned for Friday
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 14, 2012 1:15 AM CST
People view a makeshift memorial outside the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Whitney Houston is back home in New Jersey, where family members are planning to let fans say farewell at a service for the late singer. A gold hearse took Houston's body from the airport to a funeral home in her hometown of Newark, reports the BBC. Her family hopes to use the city's 18,000-capacity Prudential Center for a wake on Thursday, and a funeral on Friday, sources tell the New York Times.

The viewing of the body is expected to last all day Thursday, but a New Jersey Devils game scheduled for Friday night may pose a logistical challenge to funeral arrangements, the source says. Houston's family is also considering holding a smaller ceremony at the New Hope Baptist Church, where the singer started her career in the choir. Mourners have left flowers and candles for Houston at the fence around the church, reports AP.