Kobe & Gianna Bryant To Be Memorialized at Staples Center
The memorial details have been released for Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old Gianna Bryant. According to reports, their service will be held the morning of Feb. 24 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
As previously reported Kobe, Gianna and seven others died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on January 26th. They were headed to Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks for Gianna’s team’s game. No cause for the crash has been determined as preliminary reports by the National Transportation Safety Board is expected in the near future, according to reports.
Since the unexpected deaths of all aboard, Los Angeles and the basketball community have been in mourning
Kobe’s widow, Vanessa Bryant has reportedly requested items countless fans to be cataloged and shipped to the family.
One ESPN host, Elle Duncan shared her tribute that immediately went viral. During her story, Duncan shared how the late basketball star cherished being a “girl dad”.
Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti confirmed that a memorial was being planned in honor of Kobe, as well as the eight other victims of the crash. He tells the LA Times,
“I think one message that I would say is this is not just about a man who was a basketball player, this is about a father, this is about a leader, this is about a filmmaker, this is about an artist, this is about somebody who was so much more than just how he was on the court.”
“It’s a reminder how much unity we have, though. We are one city that believes in each other, believes in something bigger than ourselves and we will absolutely do everything to make sure that this is done so that everybody can come to it as well
The cause of the crash is still unknown, as the helicopter was not equipped with a black box.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all families effected.