*Hundreds of well-wishers gathered in Atlanta, Georgia on Monday for a candlelight vigil in honor of Whitney Houston’s ailing daughter Bobbi Kristina. [Scroll down to watch in its entirety.]
The event, titled Shining a Light for Healing for Bobbi Kristina Brown, took place at the Riverdale Town Center Amphitheatre and was attended by a huge crowd, which included several members of Brown’s family.
“Forget that he [Bobby Brown] is a renowned artist. That her mama, the late Whitney Houston, was a renowned artist. These [are] still people. They bleed and hurt like us,” said Riverdale mayor Dr. Evelyn Wynn-Dixon.
“Sometimes people ask you, or they say, ‘I know how you feel.’ Sometimes they don’t. Sometimes they don’t know what it’s like if your child is on that ventilator. ‘What do I do? If I take it off and she could have lived or do I let her stay on it and suffer?’ That’s a hard question for any parent,” Wynn-Dixon told the large crowd of fans and concerned residents.
Attendees held candles while Whitney’s music was played, and the vigil also included prayers, speeches and performances of gospel songs.
Before the service began, organizers played several of Houston’s hit songs including “I Have Nothing” and “I’m Every Woman.”
Once the gathering got underway, a series of family friends and ministers addressed the crowd with words of encouragement including “we’re here to pick people up” and “continuous prayer is what is needed at this point.”
As the vigil came to a close, legendary R&B singer Tony Terry took the microphone and sang “I Look To You,” Houston’s last attempt at a comeback single before her death in 2012.
Watch the vigil in its entirety below:
Riverdale organized the “Shining A Light For Healing For Bobbi Kristina Brown” vigil to support the Brown family, because Bobby Brown was the first artist to perform at its amphitheater, a city official told several media outlets.