Vigils mourning the loss of basketball icon Kobe Bryant have been popping up all over America, and fans have been visiting en masse.
Thousands of fans gathered at a makeshift memorial for Bryant, who died along with eight other people in a helicopter crash just before 10 a.m. Sunday morning, around the Staples Center where the 2020 Grammys are being held.
Hundreds of people dressed in purple-and-yellow Lakers gear mingled with people showing up for the music awards show outside the Los Angeles arena.
“I’m literally in Staples Center right now,” ESPN senior writer Justin Tinsley tweeted. “Everyone has the same look of loss right now. We’re all zombies. Surreal doesn’t even begin to describe what it feels like.”
I’m literally in STAPLES Center right now. Everyone has the same look of loss right now. We’re all zombies. Surreal doesn’t even begin to describe what it feels like.
— Justin Tinsley (@JustinTinsley) January 26, 2020
Many were decked out in Bryant’s jersey number of 24, and some went by Calabasas to see the crash site, which was blocked off by emergency responders.
On Sunday night, Toronto’s CN Tower changed its colours to yellow and purple in honour of the NBA legend’s death.
Multiple basketball games the day of his death paid tribute to the fallen athlete, including the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden, as well as the Toronto Raptors and San Antonio Spurs game.
The publication reports that fans chanted “Kobe” for 24 seconds before the start of the New York City game.
Flowers were also left outside of Bryant’s high school in Pennsylvania where he played basketball, according to ABC.
The Lakers have also created outside their training facility for fans to pay tribute to Bryant.
The Lakers have created a space outside their training facility, but inside the security gates, for a vigil. Fans are signing a large white canvas. There’s a Lakers backdrop with flowers and candles in front of it. Some photos of Kobe. pic.twitter.com/afnard1PY4
— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) January 27, 2020
Fans have also been gathering around a vigil held outside of Bryant’s Mamba Sports Academy in Newbury Park, Calif.
The former basketball star is survived by wife Vanessa Bryant and their three children, Natalie, 17, Bianca, 3, and seven-month old Capri.
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