A public memorial service for Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others killed in a helicopter crash is planned for February 24 at Staples Center
The arena is where Bryant starred for the Los Angeles Lakers for two decades
The date 2/24 corresponds with the No. 24 jersey he wore and the No. 2 worn by his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti had said last week a memorial would be held
Bryant was killed January 26 when the helicopter carrying him and his daughter crashed into a mountainside while flying to a girls basketball tournament.
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.