ARDMORE, Pa. (WLVT) - Basketball legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on Sunday.
Mourners have gathered coast to coast, including at his former high school in Lower Merion Township, Montgomery County. PBS39's Megan Frank visited the gymnasium named in his honor, where fans and friends have been gathering to grieve. Watch the PBS39 news report in the video player below.
Memorial visitors told PBS39 they're still in shock at the sudden death of one of the greatest players in NBA history.
''I didn’t think it was real at first,'' said Michael Briggs, a fan from South Philadelphia. ''It hurt really bad to find out that someone you grew up watching, someone that helped the community in more ways than one, and to find out that his daughter was with him, it hurts even more,'' said Briggs.
Briggs left a teddy bear at the memorial with a note that said:
''Rest in peace Kobe. Rest in peace Gianna.''