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USA: Mourners celebrate Kobe Bryant's life outside Staples Centre ahead of memorial

United States, Los Angeles
February 25, 2020 at 01:52 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hundreds of mourners gathered nearby the Staples Centre in Los Angeles on Monday, to commemorate late Los Angeles Lakers' legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Bryant, hours before a memorial service was held for them inside the arena.

Footage shows fans walking near the Staples Centre with Bryant's shirt, while also carrying his posters.

"Man, we're all just sad right now. We're here to mourn our legend, our superhero, you know what I mean? That's why I came. That's it," said Alton Brown, a Los Angeles Lakers fan.

Another Lakers fan, Nathaniel Gordon, said, "It's a happy day, but it's a sad day, you know? We're here to celebrate [sic] Kobe, you know, passing away. In a way, you know, it's like a closure. I think today might bring some kind of closure to this, you know?"

Bryant died in a helicopter crash along with his 13-year-old daughter and seven others, near Calabasas on January 26. Widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, Bryant spent his entire 20-year career at the Lakers, winning five NBA titles and securing the 2008 Most Valuable Player (MVP) award.

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Hundreds of mourners gathered nearby the Staples Centre in Los Angeles on Monday, to commemorate late Los Angeles Lakers' legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Bryant, hours before a memorial service was held for them inside the arena.

Footage shows fans walking near the Staples Centre with Bryant's shirt, while also carrying his posters.

"Man, we're all just sad right now. We're here to mourn our legend, our superhero, you know what I mean? That's why I came. That's it," said Alton Brown, a Los Angeles Lakers fan.

Another Lakers fan, Nathaniel Gordon, said, "It's a happy day, but it's a sad day, you know? We're here to celebrate [sic] Kobe, you know, passing away. In a way, you know, it's like a closure. I think today might bring some kind of closure to this, you know?"

Bryant died in a helicopter crash along with his 13-year-old daughter and seven others, near Calabasas on January 26. Widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, Bryant spent his entire 20-year career at the Lakers, winning five NBA titles and securing the 2008 Most Valuable Player (MVP) award.

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