The city of Los Angeles is to host a public memorial at the Staples Center for Lakers icon Kobe Bryant in just over two weeks time.
Bryant, 41, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people died when a twin-engine Sikorsky S-76B helicopter slammed into a hillside outside Los Angeles in heavy fog on January 26.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti had hinted last week that a memorial was in the works.
The event will be held on Monday February 24th – almost one month since the tragic accident and will cap off weeks of tributes that have occurred across the city.
The date 2/24 is itself a touching tribute and corresponds with the No. 24 jersey he wore and the No. 2 worn by his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna.
The Staples Center and the surrounding LA Live leisure complex has become something of a focal point for those wanting to pay their respects and mourn the basketball legend.
The memorial kept growing for a week. Personal messages were written on many of the items.
The cleanup of flowers, balloons, jerseys, stuffed toys and basketballs began at 4am on Thursday. A fence was erected around the site to keep the cleanup out of public view.
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Source: Daily Mail