Report: Kobe Bryant and Helicopter Victims To Have A Public Memorial

A public memorial for the victims of the helicopter crash that killed basketball star Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven others will be held on February 24th, according to The Los Angeles Times.

Reporter Richard Winton says that the memorial is in the planning stages, but will take place in the Staples Center. Eric Garcetti said last week that a memorial was being worked out, but that the city was working the logistics:

“There will absolutely be a memorial to mark the contributions of this incredible man and not only him, but to commemorate the loss of his daughter and all the other families that were there. We don’t have that date finalized but we’ve been talking every day to the Lakers, and most importantly, to [Bryant’s widow, Vanessa] as well. 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.”

The Los Angeles Lakers honored Bryant, his daughter, and the other seven victims during the January 31st game against the Portland Trail Blazers.

(LA Times)