Los Angeles unites in grief for adopted son Kobe Bryant

Published: Jan. 27, 2020 at 3:24 PM CST
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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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