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Private Memorial for Jett Travolta Thursday

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Here are the latest developments.

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A memorial service for Jett will be held Thursday for family and close friends in Ocala, John Travolta's publicist said. The location has not been disclosed.

Meanwhile, the media coverage of this family tragedy continues.

"There is so much to this story -- it's a family tragedy about one of our most loved celebrities," said Alisandra Puliti of US Magazine, who was in Florida this week to cover the story.

But the reporters were not always welcome. "It's hard to talk to reporters at a time like this," Cheryl Hime, a local whose 19-year-old stepson died last January, said. "You don't want to talk to anyone. You can't express the grief of losing a child. It's such a private thing, I just hope people will remember that John and Kelly are human beings."

Kerry Sanders of NBC-TV, who had initially planned to be in Ocala all week covering the story for the "Today" show and MSNBC, left Florida yesterday. One reason was that there was no hint of foul play or negligence in this case. "The story is just about over," said Sanders.

"This was about the death of a child, and there weren't a lot of questions about his death," said Al Tompkins, of the Poynter Institute for journalists in St. Petersburg. "It's an open-and-shut case. What else is there to learn by [media] intruding?"

"You're not L.A.," Tompkins said. "I guarantee you, if this was happening in L.A. it's a different story with different coverage."

The Marion County Sheriff's Office sent patrol cars in and around the grounds of Jumbolair on Tuesday. One car helped chase two photographers off the grounds on the private property near Travolta's house.

Mayor Randy Ewers said the city sent the Travolta family condolences and would give them space and privacy. "They're fantastic people, really family oriented," Ewers said. "We want to respect their privacy as much as possible."

Our thoughts are with the Travolta family in this difficult time.

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Shelley Stein January 7, 2009, 12:15 PM

My heart is very heavy as your sadness is so personal. I have no children but as I think of my neices and nephews I feel pain that is so huge words cannot extend my sympathy. Jet is with God now and he will always be with you. As we look at you, we will all see Jet. Please be assured that many will be praying for you and prayers will keep you and Kelly and your entire family strong. We love you John for all the smiles you have given us, may we help put a smile back on your face as Jet smiles with God and know he will watch over his family from this day forward.

Amy January 7, 2009, 3:25 PM

This is such a terrible tragedy and as a parent, it’s your worst possible nightmare.

I hope to god the media and any other people who think it’s their business to know what’s going on at that memorial service are kept far away by local law enforcement. Let this family grieve in private. Don’t make it worse for them.

nicole January 7, 2009, 3:51 PM

I just wish we could leave them alone. This is a time that the family needs more privacy than ever, why must the media camp around them? I send them my thoughts and prayers and hope they might find peace in the near future. Just give them their space. There is no reason for his memorial service information to be shared, this is a time for family not publicity. Please please please MomLogic, no more stories on the Travolta family at this time!

Rosann Alulema January 7, 2009, 9:14 PM

My pray go for you I will have you on my pray May God bless you

Laura Hanneman January 7, 2009, 11:59 PM

I pray that you are allowed the repsect that you deserve and be given time to grieve the loss of your precious son.
The pictures I see of you as a family unit are loving and tender.
My heart goes out to your entire family.

2 Chorinthians 2:4
For I wrote you out of great distress and anguish of heart and with many tears, not to grieve you but to let you know the depth of my love for you.

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