Loretta A. Ragsdell asks:

Latasha McDonald

“I was at home in my bed, and I was kind of shocked to hear that she had died because she’s like the greatest singer. It hurt me to hear that she had died.”

Sarah Collins

“I was in the front room, and it was devastating to me because she was so young, and it just up and happened. It hurt; it really did.”

Tonia L. Ward

“I was at the mall, and I looked on my Facebook page and it said that Whitney was gone, and I said she was very young, and very beautiful; very talented and gifted. It just goes to show you that you have to cherish every moment; tell people you love them, even your enemies, because you never know what can happen to you from day to day.”

Cleontae Williams

“Well, actually I felt a little sad for them because a lot of these people are dying. A lot of people lose their souls and they never get a chance to live further in their lives. And, they don’t get to do things important that they wanted to do in their lives.”

Rhonda Campbell

“I was at home in bed, and actually, I was devastated, like it was a family member, because I remember graduating from kindergarten and singing “The Greatest Love of All.” I felt really bad for her and her daughter.”

Lisa Harris

“I was at the mall. I got a text message. I couldn’t believe it. It was a shock. It was just unbelievable. I still can’t believe it. You keep hearing it over and over, on the radio, everywhere you go. People keep talking about how great she was, and I still can’t believe it.”

Floyd Tillis

“I was at home, and that was something the happened to a real good sister. It made me real sad. I cried. I felt real bad. That really hurt my heart. That really hurt my feelings that something happened to Whitney Houston.”

Bertha Bell

“I was at home; I felt real sad for her, and I prayed for her and her family that God would bless them, the whole family.”

Crystal Jackson

“I was on North Avenue and Linder, and I heard it on the radio, and I was just so devastated. I was sad and crying. I felt sad for her and her family. My mama was brought up on Whitney, and we used to listen to her.”