Thousands of mourners gathered at Staples Center Monday morning, as well as across all of Los Angeles, to say farewell to Kobe and Gianna Bryant nearly a month after they were killed with 7 others in a helicopter crash.
With 20,000 fans packed in the arena where Bryant played for the Los Angeles Lakers for two decades, the memorial service, dubbed “A Celebration of Life,” began with a performance from Beyonce who sang renditions of “XO” and “Halo.”
Inside the area, the concourse was a sea of people dressed in the team colors of purple and yellow and others in black. On the scoreboard, the Bryant family’s life flashed by in pictures: Vanessa and Kobe, Kobe and Gianna, the whole family in costumes, Gianna on the court, baby pictures of Gianna and her father.
Those in attendance were given a program containing photos, a purple KB pin and a T-shirt with photos of the father and daughter.
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