Dozens of signatures filled the guest books at Baton Rouge’s Winnfield Funeral Home. They were all for Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna. The two were amongst nine people killed last month in a helicopter crash.
“We wanted to give something to the community to say, ‘hey we want to honor him, we want to honor Gigi, we want to honor all those who have passed in that tragic accident,” Pierre Cobb, General Manager at Winnfield Funeral Home, said. “[We wanted to] give [fans] a sense of being there.”
Pictures of the father-daughter duo greeted people walking in. Fans paid their respects and watched the memorial.
“[Bryant] was an inspiration to a lot of people,” Gregory McKenzie, said. “I just feel for the family.”
Larry Myers stopped by the funeral home during his lunch break. He says he’s never loved a basketball player the way he loved Bryant.
“I just loved everything about his game, his work ethic and him wanting to be the best,” Meyers said. “He’s my favorite player.”
He says he was happy he had somewhere locally to honor Bryant and his daughter, so he can pay respect to the man who brought him so much joy.
“If I could’ve been in Los Angeles I would’ve been there, but for Winnfield [Funeral Home] to [create a memorial] I think its a great gesture,” he said.