On Monday, crews collected more than 1,300 basketballs, 5,000 signs, letters and flags, over 500 stuffed animals, more than 350 pairs of shoes, countless bouquets of flowers and at least 25,000 candles. A fence was erected around the site to keep the cleanup out of public view.
The items will be stored at the request of the Bryant family. The flowers will be composted and spread around plants near the arena.
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Fans spontaneously began creating the memorial in a plaza at L.A. Live as word surfaced that Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven other people were killed Jan. 26 in a helicopter crash. The memorial kept growing for a week. Personal messages were written on many of the items.
Fans were urged to donate to the Bryant foundation rather than bring more gifts and flowers.
G8 job by men/women @LALIVE went from Sun 2 Mon in just 12 hrs Due 2 massive #of items: 1353 b-ball’s,14 banners total length/width 520’x8’, >25k candles,5k of signs/letters/flags, >500 stuffed animals & >350 pr/shoes we will store & @Lakers will advise next steps pic.twitter.com/tWw2kIEw9m— Lee Zeidman (@LeeZeidman) February 3, 2020