One person who was absent from Michael's funeral was his father. Marie says she made plans for everyone to attend, but her children came to her and said they wouldn't go if her ex-husband was going to be there.

"This was not to be a political thing; this was to make my children comfortable," Marie says. "They said they knew that Michael wouldn't want him there, and they didn't want him there."

Marie and her ex-husband announced they were divorcing in 2007 after more than 20 years of marriage. It was Marie's second marriage, and she acknowledges now that she should have been more careful when she made the decision to get married again.

"I had a very bad marriage. A lot of pain, a lot of sorrow, a lot of trying, a lot of effort," Marie says. "But you can't sit in something; you have to move forward."


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