Kobe Bryant’s memory runs through the heart of L.A., and on its walls

A mural at VEM Exotic Rentals in Studio City honors Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna.
Ryan Butler photographs a mural honoring Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, who died in a helicopter crash along with seven others. The mural was painted by Art Gozukuchikyan on the side of VEM Exotic Rentals in Studio City.
(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

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Ruben Vives is a general assignment reporter for the Los Angeles Times. A native of Guatemala, he got his start in journalism by writing for The Times’ Homicide Report in 2007. He helped uncover the financial corruption in the city of Bell that led to criminal charges against eight city officials. The 2010 investigative series won the Pulitzer Prize for public service and other prestigious awards.  
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