Thousands of stunned Kobe Bryant fans gather in Los Angeles to mourn his death.
'People have gaps in their life, and some people filled it in with Kobe,' Salvador Galindo said.The Mamba Mentality ," which he got as a Christmas gift in 2018. He said the book reflected Bryant's drive and work ethic. "I relate to this because he's teaching me how to work harder and not give up on dreams," said Henriquez, a college student. Fans in other parts of Southern California also memorialized Bryant in their own ways. At a Lids sports apparel store in Santa Monica, Abed Saleh, 31, bought a Bryant jersey. "He took L.A. to another level," Saleh said."We had exciting basketball for 20 years." Many of those mourning Bryant were born and raised in Los Angeles. That Bryant never played for another NBA team made him a steady presence in the lives of fans as they were growing up. Dharma Brown, 8, writes a note in tribute to Kobe Bryant outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday. Chris Pizzello / AP For Los Angeles native Salvador Galindo, 28, who was raised without a father, sports became an outlet to fill the void. "All I would do is watch Lakers games," Galindo said."People have gaps in their life, and some people filled it in with Kobe." Alejandro Robledo, 23, who also didn't have a father in his life, said Bryant's death was like losing a family member. "No one really tells me advice," Robledo said."I take my advice from Kobe." Eddie Lugo, 21, considered Bryant a better father figure than his own dad. "He was a real inspiration to everybody," Lugo said. Related Read more: NBC News
What's this. I briefly saw this kind of news. That NBA legend was KB. So sad. He retired but he wasn't old. Mostly just Lakers fans, I'm OK with it. Thanks for not showing a thousand people in a park elsewhere.
Lizzo Opens Grammy Awards With Kobe Bryant Tribute: 'Tonight Is For Kobe'Sunday's ceremony was held at the Staples Center, where the sports star spent his career as a Los Angeles Laker. I am still in shock and cannot wrap my head on what I am seeing and hearing. All I do now is hope he is just wondering somewhere in shock, hoping this is not true😥😪😪🕯🕯💔 The Grammys are so fake.
Gianna Bryant, 13, dies in helicopter crash with father Kobe BryantGianna Bryant, 13, is among the dead in the helicopter crash that has killed her father, Kobe Bryant, and others. RIP 💔😭 Surreal. May peace be upon the souls that perished and help to the family members left behind 🙏🏾😢
Lizzo Honors Kobe Bryant With Grammys Performance: ‘Tonight Is for Kobe’After earning a leading eight nominations, Lizzo opened the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards with a lively performance at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday. “Tonight is for Kobe,” the singer sai… mori_m4 一瞬阪神淡路大震災25周年追悼コンサートかと。 So glad I am not watching this shit!💩 Lizzo GRAMMYAwards2020
Kobe Bryant killed in helicopter crash: How ex-Los Angeles Laker reinvented himself after NBAA helicopter crash in California Sunday killed Kobe Bryant, who reinvented himself as an investor and producer after his NBA career. R.I.P LEGEND😣 🕊️🕊️🕊️🕊️🕊️🕊️🕊️🕊️🕊️💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐 RIP 💔😥
NBA great Kobe Bryant and daughter among nine killed in helicopter crash near Los AngelesAll-time NBA scoring leader Kareem Abdul-Jabbar posted his condolences on Twitter, saying the death of Kobe Bryant is a loss that is 'hard to comprehend' Class act and heartfelt. ripkobe Cap is a good man. dudiegirl2 Any man's death diminishes me, Because I am involved in mankind, And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee. RIPKobe and all the people who were with him😢
Hernandez: No athlete represented Los Angeles quite like Kobe BryantLos Angeles watched Kobe Bryant grow up. Los Angeles watched the Lakers legend stumble. And Los Angeles watched him get back up. dylanohernandez You, Los Angeles Times always blame Trump? Maybe here too? I had issue with the restaurant Robert De Niro owns in Calabassas. Last year Wooden Hills burnt, now Kobe? There will be third coming. That is why you should read my books. If you don’t know what Chi energy is now U know! dylanohernandez Um... dylanohernandez The great equalizer for the city! 😢🥰