LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kobe Bryant came from Philadelphia and was raised in Italy. Starting at 17, though, he belonged to Los Angeles. The city adopted him while thrilling to his All-Star moves, which helped the Lakers win five NBA championships over his 20 seasons.
That's why his death in a helicopter crash at age 41 stunned and saddened men, women and children of all ethnicities across Los Angeles.
They gathered in a plaza across from Staples Center to chant his name and alternately stare in silence at candles, flowers and hand-lettered signs piled on the pavement.
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