“Kobe, he was a lot to me, he definitely inspired me to have the work ethic that I do and he was definitely was a very influential figure in terms of my love for sports and for basketball, I think he greatly contributed to that," senior Keona Paniagua said. "He meant a lot to not only me but my family as well. “I'm always going to rep the laker jersey, I’m always going to watch his highlight videos, I’m always going to be a loyal Laker fan, keep his name alive in a good way.”
Loved by Los Angeles and missed by all, former Laker Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas on Sunday, Jan. 26. Along with Bryant, his daughter Gigi Bryant, 13; John Altobelli, 56; Keri Altobelli, 46; Alyssa Altobelli,13 were all killed in the same helicopter crash. To honor Bryant, students wore jerseys or Lakers gear.