Hundreds of Michael Jackson fans erupted in applause and cheers outside of the Criminal Justice Building Monday, as they reacted to the guilty verdict in the Dr. Conrad Murray trial.
Thousands more reacted online.
Within the hour after the verdict was read, #guilty, #MichaelJackson, King of Pop, Involuntary Manslaughter and MJ’s were among the top trending topics in Los Angeles.
Fans who were wondering how Jackson family members were reacting only needed to go online.
“VICTORY!!!!!!” tweeted Michael Jackson’s sister, La Toya.
“Thank you EVERYONE for your love and support! It will ALWAYS be appreciated!” she wrote later.
People also turned to Facebook to comment on the verdict many had been anticipating since the start of the trial Sept. 27.
“I’m pleased for his family. RIP sweet Michael,” Lesleyanne Heathcote wrote on NBC LA’s Facebook page.
“THANK YOU!” wrote Dalton James Perdue, another Facebook commenter.
Christina Cayzer was among the few Murray supporters to comment on our page.
“I hope he appeals it and wins,” Cayzer wrote.
While awaiting a verdict, some Michael Jackson fans turned to social media to remember the artist who many say shaped their lives.
One conversation on NBC LA’s page centered on fans’ favorite Michael Jackson songs.
“ABC…baby you & me…” Kate McKena wrote.
“I was born in 1971 so I heard all of his songs in the 70’s till his last one,” Cozire O-s wrote. “I danced to Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough with a friend of our parents.”
Mary Antunez Etherington wrote about her favorite song.
“I was 13 yrs old. ‘I want you back’ I followed him til the end…” she wrote.