Hundreds Convene at Staples Center to Mourn US Basketball Legend Kobe Bryant

Hundreds gathered at the Staples Center in Los Angeles to mourn US basketball legend Kobe Bryant, Sunday, January 26, following his tragic death, alongside his daughter, Gianna, and seven others, in a helicopter crash.
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Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were among nine killed Sunday in a helicopter crash in the hills outside Los Angeles. They reportedly were on their way to a basketball tournament for youngsters.

Bryant was revered as one of the greatest professional basketball players ever to step onto the court. He spent his entire pro career with the Los Angeles Lakers — wining five NBA championships and the league’s Most Valuable Player award in 2008. He is the fourth all-time leading scorer. LeBron James passed him for number three on the list just one day earlier. Bryant tweeted his congratulations to James.