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.