LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Plans for a public memorial service to honor Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people killed in a Calabasas helicopter crash appear to be advancing, with reports surfacing today that the gathering will be held Feb. 24 at Staples Center.
The Los Angeles Times and Southern California News Group, citing sources familiar with the plans, both reported the memorial had been set for that date — 2/24, combining Bryant’s jersey number 24 and Gianna’s number 2.
No details about the event or information about tickets were immediately released.
In addition to Bryant, 41, and his daughter, those killed in the Jan. 26 crash were:
— John Altobelli, 56, longtime coach of the Orange Coast College baseball team, along with his wife, Keri, 46, and their 13-year-old daughter Alyssa, who was a teammate of Gianna on Bryant’s Mamba Sports Academy basketball team;
— Sarah Chester, 45, and her 13-year-old daughter Payton, who also played with Gianna and Alyssa;
— Christina Mauser, 38, one of Bryant’s assistant coaches on the Mamba Academy team; and
— Ara Zobayan, 50, the helicopter pilot.
The Los Angeles Clippers are scheduled to play the Memphis Grizzlies at Staples Center the night of Feb. 24, so any a memorial service at the venue would have to be held during the day.