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iReporters remember Whitney Houston

Updated 4:20 PM ET, Thu February 16, 2012
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Asterio Tecson was in New York's Central Park in September 2009, testing out his new Nikon D700 and telephoto lens. He saw that Whitney Houston was performing as part of Good Morning America's Summer Concert Series, and he got into the show. So many people were trying to get close to the stage that it was "utterly impossible to steadily hold the long lens when Whitney sang her hit singles!" Tecson says. "Whitney was just so raw and stood proud, oozing with confidence." Courtesy Asterio Tecson
Shaun Rajah, 32, grew up listening to and singing Houston's music in Malaysia, and says she was one of the reasons he moved to the United States as an adult. The hotel special events manager briefly met the singer in the lobby of the Chicago Four Seasons in 2008. Her security guard asked him to leave, but Houston later autographed a hotel notepad for him. Rajah also saw her perform on the set of the "Oprah" show. "I'm just glad I met her, I had a brief encounter with her and I saw her perform," he says. Courtesy Shaun Rajah
In 2010, Salvador Lopez, 22, made a doll in Houston's image. "I was listening and dancing to Whitney's 'I Wanna Dance with Somebody' when it hit me there were not any Barbie dolls in her likeness out there ... I enjoy making my own one-of-a-kind celebrity dolls and it was only logical to add such an icon to my collection." Courtesy Salvador Lopez
Kimberly Harding shares this photo taken at her Fredericksburg, Virginia, home in 1987, after she unwrapped Whitney Houston's chart-topper "Whitney," a present for her seventh birthday. "I remember getting my first CD boom box in the mid '80s. Suzanne Vega's 'Solitude Standing' was my first CD, and Whitney Houston's 'Whitney' album was my second." Courtesy Kimberly Harding
The day after Houston was found dead at a Beverly Hills hotel, fans left flowers and notes outside New York's Apollo Theater, where she filmed one of her first music videos. One fan wore a T-shirt in her memory. New Jersey photographer Caryn La Greca says she "felt sorrow for the young singer who lost her life so young." Courtesy Caryn La Greca