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Sport The Latest: Fans gather for Kobe Bryant's public memorial

19:50  24 february  2020
19:50  24 february  2020 Source:   ap.org

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A number of Kobe Bryant ’ s fans will also be there, according to the event’ s organizers, who had announced that fans could register for the Staples Fans line up to get into the Staples Center to attend a public memorial for former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna

Bryant ' s death caused an outpouring of grief across Los Angeles, where he remained the city' s most popular athlete, even in retirement. Dozens of public memorials and murals have been installed around the sprawling metropolis, and thousands of fans gathered daily outside Staples Center to

LOS ANGELES -- The Latest on the public memorial for Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna in downtown Los Angeles (all times local):

Memorabilia for NBA star Kobe Bryant are placed at a memorial for Bryant while fans gather to pay their respect near Staples Center. © Damian Dovarganes/AP Photo Memorabilia for NBA star Kobe Bryant are placed at a memorial for Bryant while fans gather to pay their respect near Staples Center.

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While waiting for Kobe Bryant's memorial services to begin in Los Angeles, Alyssa Shapiro says she was inspired to become a basketball player after watching countless Lakers games with her father, Rick Shapiro.

The family's love of the game and Bryant's work in women's sports prompted her to become a middle school girls' basketball coach. Her team played the team of Bryant's daughter Gianna, who died with her father and seven others in a Jan. 26 helicopter crash.

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Alyssa Shapiro said before the memorial service Monday for Bryant and his daughter that she watched Bryant cheer for Gianna from the stands.

She held homemade heart-shaped ''Kobe'' and ''Gigi'' signs ahead of the memorial service and said she ''just wanted to thank him for being such an inspiration to me.''

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7:30 a.m.

Fans are arriving hours early for the public memorial for Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna that will be held in downtown Los Angeles

Among them is 72-year-old Bob Melendez, who says he has been a Lakers season ticket holder for 40 years.

Melendez says that after seeing Bryant play for many years he couldn't imagine missing Monday's memorial at Staples Center.

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Hours after the Bryant memorial , the Staples Center will host a scheduled NBA game between the Photos: The world mourns NBA legend Kobe Bryant . Dharma Brown, 8, writes a note to the late People gather at a memorial for Kobe Bryant near the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Thousands of mourners will gather in Staples Center on Monday to say farewell to Kobe and Gianna Bryant . The basketball superstar and his 13-year-old daughter will be honored in a public memorial at the arena where Bryant played for the Los Angeles Lakers.

His friend Tom Ling says he couldn't believe it when heard of Bryant's death.

Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26.

The memorial is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. Los Angeles time.

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12:30 a.m.

Thousands of mourners are expected to gather at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles to say farewell to Kobe and Gianna Bryant.

The basketball superstar and his 13-year-old daughter will be honored in a public memorial at the arena where Bryant played for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Kobe and Gianna Bryant died along with seven others on Jan. 26 in a helicopter crash.

The memorial will feature speakers reflecting on Kobe Bryant's impact on his sport and the world, along with music and retrospectives on Bryant's on-court achievements. Bryant became active in film, television and writing after he retired from basketball in 2016.

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Fans gather outside Staples Center on Jan. 26, 2020 to mourn the death of Kobe Bryant .(Credit: Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times). Officials have advised the public to stay away from the vicinity. Those who didn’t receive a ticket to the memorial can still watch from home or elsewhere.

Kobe Bryant memorial : How to watch and what to know about the service. A legion of 20,000 mourners – from devoted fans to the greatest living legends of the NBA – will celebrate the lives of Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna at a public memorial Monday at the Staples

Bryant's family, dozens of sports greats and many major figures in Bryant's public life are expected to attend.

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Eight Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies are facing administrative action after they allegedly shared graphic photos of a helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva told CNN Monday. © Kyle Grillot/REUTERS Fans gather around a mural of late NBA great Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Bryant during a public memorial for them and seven others killed in a helicopter crash, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, U.S., February 24, 2020.

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