LA Spots Where Fans Can Pay Tribute to Kobe Bryant


(KNX/CNS) - Mayor Eric Garcetti ordered city flags across Los Angeles to be flown at half-staff today, one day after Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and seven other people were killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas.

"All @LACity flags will be lowered to half-staff in honor of Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant, and all of the victims in Sunday's tragic helicopter crash," the mayor tweeted at 7:25 a.m.

 "We lost an angel in the City of Angels," Garcetti told KNX 1070 Monday morning, referring to Kobe. He added that some sort of citywide celebration of Bryant's life was likely in the near future, but said it was too early to know any details.

People have started leaving flowers near the scene of the #helicopter crash in #Calabasas. #KobeBryant. @KNX1070

— Jon Baird (@KNXBaird) January 27, 2020

Bryant was on his way to a basketball game with daughter Gianna when the helicopter crashed. Other victims included Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli, Altobelli's wife Keri Altobelli and daughter Alyssa, a 13- year-old basketball player for Bryant's sports training Mamba Academy, and Christina Mauser, an assistant basketball coach at Harbor Day School in Corona del Mar.

As the news spread at midday Sunday, thousands of Lakers fans began gathering outside Staples Center. One fan told KTLA, "I didn't know what else to do, so I came here."

Locals and tourists mourn #KobeBryant at @LALIVE courtyard. #LosAngeles

— Craig Fiegener (@CraigNews3LV) January 27, 2020

On Sunday night, landmarks across the city were lit up remember Bryant, including the LAX pylons, the Ferris Wheel at Santa Monica Pier, and downtown's Wilshire Grand skyscraper -- which flashed the number 24 on its top floors.

Here's a list of local makeshift memorials and places where fans can pay tribute: 

1. Outside Staples Center 

2. Bryant's home in Newport Beach. 

3. The downtown L.A. mural of Bryant in the 1300 block of Lebanon Street

4. Outside the Lakers training facility,  inside the security gates at 2275 E. Mariposa Ave. in El Segundo (fans were signing a large white canvas.)

5. The Mamba Sports Academy in Ventura County

The TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood will pay tribute to Kobe Bryant this week by placing on public display the cement tablet containing the Laker legend's hand-and footprints.

 Bryant sank his hands and feet in cement at the theater in February 2011, becoming the first athlete to ever be so honored. According to the theater, his imprints were prepared "for a new category of pop culture tablets planned for a future exhibit presently in the works."

"Kobe Bryant's contributions to our community are unprecedented and unforgettable and we share the collective mourning of Angelenos on this sad occasion," according to a statement from the theater. Bryant's hand- and footprints will remain on display for the rest of the week, according to the theater.

CNS contributed to this story.