Mourners grieve with NBA star Anthony, family in Randallstown

A couple of hundred mourners joined the family of Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony at the funeral Monday for his elder sister, Michelle Anthony, in Randallstown.

The mother of four children, Michelle Anthony, 38, died Dec. 21 in Baltimore. Details about the cause of death have not been disclosed. A statement released by the Nuggets last week said she died of a "pre-existing condition."

Carmelo Anthony, 26, attended Towson Catholic High School and played college basketball at Syracuse University. He was selected in the first round of the NBA draft by the Nuggets in 2003.

Speakers encouraged those in attendance, including the NBA star and his wife, Lala Vazquez, to rely on their faith for comfort, strength and guidance. Carmelo Anthony did not speak at the service.

Bishop Randolph Corporal from Love Crowd Christian Light Church in Baltimore recited Scriptures describing the splendor and beauty of heaven. He described Michelle Anthony as his "favorite girl."

"If it wasn't for the Lord, I don't know what I would do today," Corporal told the crowd. "Let not your heart be troubled. We pray to God that he will keep you and strengthen you."

Michelle Anthony was born Aug. 18, 1972, in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she graduated from John Jay High School, and moved to Baltimore in 1992, according to an obituary distributed at the service. It also noted "her luminous smile, wild sense of humor and her love for music, particularly the sounds of Mary J. Blige."

Besides her brother, she is survived by her mother, Mary Anthony; her children, Kiyonna, Iyonna, Briyonna and Davonta; two other brothers, Direll and Robby; a sister, Shanee Graham; three stepsisters, Daphne, Ana and Cherise; and her grandfather, Glen Anthony.

The service was held at Vaughn C. Greene Funeral Home.

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