Kobe Bryant’s Public Memorial Will Be Held at the Staples Center Where He Played for 20 Years on February 24

Fans gather at a memorial for the late Kobe Bryant in front of Staples Center in Los Angeles, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020. Bryant, the 18-time NBA All-Star who won five championships and became one of the greatest basketball players of his generation during a 20-year career with the Lakers, died in a helicopter crash Sunday, Jan. 26. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
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