Los Angeles unites in grief for adopted son Kobe Bryant
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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