Kobe Bryant public memorial service will be held on the 24th of February at Staples Center.

Basketball legend, Kobe Bryant dies in Helicopter Crash alongside 13 years old daughter, Gianna

Los Angeles will host the public memorial service in honor of Kobe Bryant

and eight others killed last month in a helicopter crash, two sources familiar with the event told The Times on Thursday.

The event will cap weeks of tributes across the city following the Jan. 26 crash that killed the Lakers icon, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna.

As well as the helicopter pilot and parents, players and a coach on Bryant’s Mamba Sports Academy basketball team.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said last week that a memorial was in the works.

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He told reporters:

“I think one message that I would say is this is not just about a man who was a basketball player, this is about a father, this is about a leader, this is about a filmmaker, this is about an artist, this is about somebody who was so much more than just how he was on the court.”

“It’s a reminder how much unity we have, though. We are one city that believes in each other, believes in something bigger than ourselves, and we will absolutely do everything to make sure that this is done so that everybody can come to it as well.”

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The date was selected after discussions with Bryant’s widow, Vanessa, the Lakers organization and Staples Center.

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