The city of Los Angeles will host a public memorial for Kobe Bryant on Feb. 24 at the Staples Center, The Los Angeles Times reports.

When: The service will honor all who died in a helicopter crash in January, including:

  • Kobe Bryant, 41
  • Gianna Bryant, 13
  • Payton Chester, 13
  • Sarah Chester, 45
  • Alyssa Altobelli, 14
  • Keri Altobelli, 46
  • John Altobelli, 56
  • Christina Mauser, 38
  • Ara Zobayan, 50
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Further context: Fans gathered outside the Staples Center to honor Kobe Bryant in recent weeks.

  • The bodies of Bryant and his fellow victims were released to families earlier this week, which was the first sign that a funeral date was coming, which I wrote about for the Deseret News.
  • “The news might mean that a memorial service for Kobe, which has so far seen multiple unforeseen delays, can finally go ahead. Sources with knowledge of the situation had dampened the hopes of a memorial taking place any time soon just last week,” according to MEAWW.
  • “We don’t have that date finalized, but we’ve been talking every day to the Lakers, and most importantly, to (Bryant’s widow, Vanessa) as well,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti told USA Today.
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