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LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) — Michael Jackson’s body will be brought to the memorial service at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday, a source involved in the planning said.


They poured in to Los Angeles from places far-flung, an army of Michael Jackson fans hoping to collectively mourn their idol in a massive ceremony at the Staples Center downtown Tuesday.

Police put up concrete barriers around the center, allowing only fans with tickets to the star-studded event to enter — beginning at 6 a.m. (9 a.m. ET).

Parking lots in the area raised their prices, some as high as $30. Airports in Southern California saw a spike in bookings. And several movie theaters in the area announced special screenings of the event, which will also be carried live by some television networks and Web sites.

“I guess the crowd estimate is the $64,000 question that everybody is wondering about, and we are as well,” Jim McDonnell, assistant police chief for Los Angeles, said Monday.

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