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Staples Center Will Host Public Memorial for Kobe Bryant on Feb. 24
By Lauren A. Jones, Contributing Writer  
Published February 6, 2020

Staples Center will host the memorial for Kobe Bryant and the eight other victims on Feb. 24. (Joe Campbell/L.A. Sentinel)

Staples Center will host a public memorial for Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant, and the seven other victims killed last month in a helicopter crash on Feb. 24, according to the L.A. Times.

The event being held on “2.24” appears to be a serendipitous tribute to both Gianna and Kobe’s basketball numbers, No. 2 and No. 24, respectively.

A massive tribute to the Bryants erected at Staples Center within hours of the news of their passing. On Monday, the memorial that included 1,353 basketballs, 25,000 candles, 5,000 letters, 14 banners, jerseys, flowers, and hundreds of shoes, was dismantled. It was reported that Kobe’s wife, Vanessa Bryant, requested that the non-perishable items be sent to their family.


“Truly amazing the outpouring of love from the City of Angels in honor of the 9 who lost their lives 1/26/20,” Zeidman said in a Tweet.

The remaining flowers will be made into mulch and spread throughout the landscaping around L.A. Live and Staples Center per Lee Zeidman, the president of Staples Center, L.A. Live and Microsoft Theater.

Nearly 10 months ago, Staples Center hosted the memorial for the late rapper Nipsey Hussle and has previously hosted Michael Jackson’s memorial. The details about the timing and tickets for the Bryant’s and the other seven victims’ memorial have not been made immediately available.


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