Sunday 22 April 2018

Vigil prayers for Whitney daughter

Well-wishers pray at a vigil for Bobbi Kristina Brown in Riverdale, Georgia (Atlanta Journal-Constitution/AP)
Well-wishers pray at a vigil for Bobbi Kristina Brown in Riverdale, Georgia (Atlanta Journal-Constitution/AP)

Hundreds of people lit candles, shone torches and held glowing mobile phones towards the sky to pray for Whitney Houston's daughter, fighting for her life after being found face-down in a bath.

The vigil, Shining a Light for Healing for Bobbi Kristina Brown, was held at the Riverdale Town Centre amphitheatre south of Atlanta, Georgia, a venue that Ms Brown's father, singer Bobby Brown, christened as its first performer in 2010, said event organiser Corey Punzi, the city's marketing specialist.

Bobbi Kristina, 21, who is in an Atlanta hospital, is the only child of Brown and singer Whitney, 48, who died on February 11 2012 after also being found unresponsive in the bath. Authorities found a dozen prescription drug bottles in her Beverly Hilton suite and concluded that she drowned accidentally , although heart disease and cocaine use were listed as contributing factors.

Police, citing a continuing investigation, have not disclosed many details of the circumstances in which Bobbi Kristina was found.

Riverdale mayor Evelyn Wynn-Dixon was among those who sang gospel hymns on stage, as the crowd sang and danced along.

Several vigil speakers touched on the struggles and scrutiny Bobbi Kristina's family has faced in recent years, comparing them to their own trials and tribulations.

"They bleed and hurt like us," the mayor said before singing the gospel song There's A Leak In This Old Building.

Brian and Poco Reese, both 52, of Johns Creek, Georgia, said they would drive the 40 miles back home feeling refreshed, uplifted and hopeful for Bobbi Kristina's recovery.

"We watched her grow over the years. We love her," Poco added. "You know, with everything she's gone through, with everything she's endured, we love her even more."

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