Passing of Kobe Bryant shocks the US


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The passing of LA Lakers basketball star Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others in a helicopter accident has sent shock throughout the US. Bryant was 41 years old. 

The accident occurred in Calabasas, CA, around 30 miles from Los Angeles. Visibility that day was bad because of low lying fog and light rain in the area.

“It was sad. He was a good player. He passed at a young age and still had a family and young kids,” freshman Dylan Hirko said. 

Bryant was a meaningful figure to anyone who knew of him, and his attitude when playing basketball was what sculpted his career.

“My happiest memories of my childhood came from watching the Lakers play with my dad. That was all during the early 2000s. We were both die-hard Lakers fans,” assistant band director Kevin Greene said. “Kobe was my hero growing up. I watched his entire career from beginning to end.”

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A makeshift memorial was created in front of the Staples Center in LA to honor the passing of Kobe Bryant. Thousands of people lined the gates with gifts and mementos.

Bryant retired in 2016 as the third leading scorer in NBA history, scoring 60 points in his final game. His career averages were 25 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.4 steals per game, which make some consider him as one of the NBA’s most complete players.

“The way he approached his craft was what inspired the person that I am today,” Greene said. “The mindset I have now came from watching him as I grew up. The reason why I’m here at the school as much as I am, is because of him. Because of how much he dedicated himself to his craft. That’s what stuck with me, that’s the way I live my life, I take that into my teaching.”

The cause of the helicopter crash remains unknown. All nine passengers were identified the day after the crash, and the cause of death was identified as blunt force trauma.

Sympathies from Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal and even Donald Trump began pouring from all social media platforms. Bryant was honored by both the Chiefs and 49ers before Super Bowl LIV.