Fans’ Kobe Bryant Memorial Outside Staples Center Has Been Removed


It’s been over one week since Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif. Fans have honored the two with a massive makeshift memorial outside Staples Center, the arena Bryant called home for his entire 20-year NBA career.

But now, it’s time to pick up what’s been left behind.

Efforts to clean up the memorial, which grew exponentially in the last eight days, began early Monday morning, according to Staples Center president Lee Zeidman. Countless jerseys, balloons, flowers, basketballs, and pieces of artwork now are finding new homes in the wake of the clean-up.

Bryant’s widow, Vanessa, is hoping to take home some of the items left at the memorial, according to the Associated Press. Leftover flowers will be turned into compost and spread in the gardens outside Staples Center.

Here are a couple of images from the cleanup efforts, via Zeidman’s Twitter account:

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