Some Texans at Jackson memorial in LA

TYLER, Texas (AP) - Getting tickets online for the Michael Jackson public memorial service and reaching Los Angeles proved a challenge to some Texans.

But Melissa Richardson of Tyler and her mother, Jackie, did it.

Richardson was among the more than 1.6 million people registered to try for tickets for Tuesday's service. A total of 8,750 people were chosen to receive two tickets each for the service for the 50-year-old mega-entertainer, who died last week.

Richardson told KLTV-TV that she and her mother were "going crazy" trying to get a round-trip flight, costing about $1,500 for the pair.

They flew to Los Angeles and reached Dodger Stadium in time to present a voucher and claim their tickets Monday night.

Richardson said to be part of the public memorial service is "history in the making."ervice and reaching Los Angeles proved a challenge to some Texans.

But Melissa Richardson of Tyler and her mother, Jackie, did it.

Richardson was among the more than 1.6 million people registered to try for tickets for Tuesday's service. A total of 8,750 people were chosen to receive two tickets each for the service for the 50-year-old mega-entertainer, who died last week.


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