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Live blog: Kobe Bryant and Gianna honored in emotional memorial service

Thousands gathered Monday to pay tribute to NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna.

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Basketball icon Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were remembered at an emotional public tribute Monday, as thousands of mourners gathered at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation, an organization that "exists to further Kobe and Gianna Bryant's legacy through charitable endeavors in sports," according to its website.

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Who will be attending the Kobe Bryant memorial service?

Few details about the memorial service have emerged, but it won’t just be close friends and family of the basketball star in attendance.

A number of Kobe Bryant’s fans will also be there, according to the event’s organizers, who had announced that fans could register for the Staples Center "Celebration of Life for Kobe and Gianna Bryant" from Feb. 14 to 17. 

Tickets for the service ran between $24.02 to $224 in a tribute to uniform numbers worn by the all-time basketball great and his daughter. According to multiple reports, the number of fans who registered for the event exceeded the 20,000 seats available at the Staples Center and thousands of people were placed on a waitlist to purchase tickets.

Approved registrants received unique access codes via email Feb. 18 that they could use to purchase tickets starting the next day. 

The Los Angeles Lakers said that proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation, formerly known as the Mamba Sports Foundation. 

Fans line up to get into the Staples Center to attend a public memorial for former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, in Los Angeles on Feb. 24, 2020.Ringo H.W. Chiu / AP

Kobe Bryant and Gianna were buried in a private ceremony

While Monday marks the public memorial service, Kobe Bryant and Gianna were buried in a private ceremony in Corona Del Mar, California, on Feb. 7. 

However, the Pacific View Memorial Park has not confirmed the exact location of their graves, leading hundreds of fans to leave flowers and other tributes at an incorrect location.

Gianna shared her father’s love of basketball and was a burgeoning athlete herself. Kobe Bryant credited his relationship with Gianna for reigniting his love of the sport after his retirement. His close relationships with Gianna and his three other daughters, Natalia, 17, Bianka, 3, and Capri, who was born in June, earned him the nickname “girl dad.”