Security is heavy at Stanford University as some of Silicon Valley’s elite gather for a private memorial for Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

It was unclear when the event started or how many were in attendance but reporters saw dozens of people walking from a church to another building. Soft music could be heard coming from there later.

Apple spokesman Todd Wilder tells reporters he’s been there since 2 p.m. PDT (2.30 a.m. IST). He says it’s a private event and he can’t release any details about it. Stanford has also declined comment.

Earlier, guards directed the handful of reporters to a parking lot several hundred metres away from Stanford’s Memorial Church where the service was held.

Additional personnel behind steel barricades allowed only a smattering of vehicles to enter the area.

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