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Couldn’t make it to the Staples Center? See the scene outside of Kobe Bryant’s memorial service

Kobe Bryant’s memorial service happened on Monday at the Staples Center

Fans carry posters of Kobe Bryant near the Staples Center before a public memorial for former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, in Los Angeles, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Fans carry posters of Kobe Bryant near the Staples Center before a public memorial for former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, in Los Angeles, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020.
Ringo H.W. Chiu, Associated Press

Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant and the seven others who died in a tragic helicopter crash on Jan. 26 were honored Monday a “Celebration of Life” event at the Staples Center.

What happened before the memorial?

  • Fans gathered outside of the Staples Center ahead of the event, despite warnings from police and local officials to avoid the area for security reasons if you didn’t have a ticket.
  • Vendors sold hats and memorabilia to fans.
  • Several fans came dressed in their favorite Kobe Bryant jersey and in attire to honor the Los Angeles Lakers legend.

Scenes outside the memorial:

  • The Associated Press took a number of photos honoring Kobe Bryant, which we’ve rounded up for you below so you can see what it was like in Los Angeles before the memorial.
Fans carry posters of Kobe Bryant near the Staples Center before a public memorial for former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, in Los Angeles, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Fans carry posters of Kobe Bryant near the Staples Center before a public memorial for former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, in Los Angeles, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020.
Ringo H.W. Chiu, Associated Press
Fans walk to the Staples Center to attend a public memorial for former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, in Los Angeles, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020.
Fans walk to the Staples Center to attend a public memorial for former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, in Los Angeles, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020.
Ringo H.W. Chiu, Associated Press
Donnell Dorsey arranges Kobe Bryant memorabilia outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. Dorsey slept along Figueroa Street Sunday night to claim a spot to sell merchandise outside the public memorial for Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna. Dorsey said he sold out of Bryant-related T-shirts and hats five times the day after the basketball superstar died. (AP Photo/Stefanie Dazio)
Donnell Dorsey arranges Kobe Bryant memorabilia outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. Dorsey slept along Figueroa Street Sunday night to claim a spot to sell merchandise outside the public memorial for Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna. Dorsey said he sold out of Bryant-related T-shirts and hats five times the day after the basketball superstar died.
Stefanie Dazio, Associated Press
Donnell Dorsey arranges Kobe Bryant memorabilia outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020.
Donnell Dorsey arranges Kobe Bryant memorabilia outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020.
Stefanie Dazio, Associated Press
Fans line up to get into the Staples Center to attend a public memorial for former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, in Los Angeles, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Fans line up to get into the Staples Center to attend a public memorial for former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, in Los Angeles, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020.
Ringo H.W. Chiu, Associated Press
From left, friends Tom Ling, Rene Vega, Bob Melendez and Brett Noss pose outside Staples Center in Los Angeles before a public memorial for former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, in Los Angeles, Monday morning, Feb. 24, 2020. Melendez, 72, of Anaheim Hills, has been a season ticket holder for 40 years. (AP Photo/Stefanie Dazio)
From left, friends Tom Ling, Rene Vega, Bob Melendez and Brett Noss pose outside Staples Center in Los Angeles before a public memorial for former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, in Los Angeles, Monday morning, Feb. 24, 2020. Melendez, 72, of Anaheim Hills, has been a season ticket holder for 40 years. After seeing Bryant play for the Lakers for years — including at his retirement game — he couldn’t imagine missing the memorial. Vega, who lives in Newport Beach, said his grandchildren and Bryant’s children go to school together. Bryant would call him “Grandpa” and sneak up behind him and pick him up.
Stefanie Dazio, Associated Press
Police officers are shown outside the Staples Center before a public memorial for former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, in Los Angeles, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Police officers are shown outside the Staples Center before a public memorial for former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, in Los Angeles, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020.
Ringo H.W. Chiu, Associated Press
Fans line up to get into the Staples Center to attend a public memorial for former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, in Los Angeles, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Fans line up to get into the Staples Center to attend a public memorial for former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, in Los Angeles, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020.
Ringo H.W. Chiu, Associated Press
Fans line up to get into the Staples Center to attend a public memorial for former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, in Los Angeles, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Fans line up to get into the Staples Center to attend a public memorial for former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, in Los Angeles, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020.
Ringo H.W. Chiu, Associated Press