Fans took over the Staples Center on Sunday afternoon (and well into the night) to remember Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, a budding star in her own right, as well as the other victims of the fatal helicopter crash. To say that the news of Kobe’s death is felt around the world is an understatement; however, no city felt it more then the city of Los Angeles.
My best description of what it was like to be in Los Angeles when the news started coming out is time stopping, and for a few moments, it felt like there was a glitch in the matrix. The day was unusually gloomy, almost as if we we’re about to have heavy rain. There wasn’t a person walking on the street whose head wasn’t glued to their phone, and everyone’s first words were, “did you hear?” We all know what the next words uttered were. Later that evening, you could see people walking up towards the Staples Center from miles away with their number 24 and 8 jerseys. Even with the backdrop of the Grammys happening, there wasn’t much more that mattered in that city Sunday night.
There was a lot of resilience, beauty and unity for everyone who had amassed around the Staples Center. Everyone coped with the news in their own way, some in Silence and some with signs, others with music and smoke. Though we never know why these moments happen, we are thankful for the times we had to watch and see a star like Kobe through our own lenses.
Lastly… condolences to the entire Bryant family as well as the Antobelli, Chester and Mouser families on the loss of your loved ones.
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