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Social media tributes to Kobe Bryant on the one-year anniversary of his death

Fans gathered near a memorial for Kobe Bryant at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.
(Dania Maxwell / Los Angeles Times)

One year ago today, the world stopped as news circulated of a helicopter crash outside of Los Angeles that killed Lakers great Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others.

Sports commentators cried on live television. Fans and mourners descended upon Staples Center. NBA teams took 24-second shot-clock violations in honor of his number.

In the year since, a pandemic arrived, protests started over racial injustice and a new president was inaugurated. But even amid so much change, people are taking time to remember the lives lost on a hillside in Calabasas.

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