The Niagara Falls Illumination Board announced today that both the American and Canadian Horseshoe Falls will be bathed in purple and yellow light on Monday, February 24, from 9 to 9:30 p.m. in honour of the untimely passing of Los Angeles Lakers basketball star, Kobe Bryant.
Joining the public memorial taking place at the Staples Center that day for Bryant and the eight others killed in a helicopter crash on January 26, this special illumination will honour Bryant, who is best known for his 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers. Also killed in the tragic crash was his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna Bryant; John, Keri and Alyssa Altobelli; Sarah and Payton Chester; Christina Mauser and Ara Zobayan, who were on their way to a basketball tournament at Bryant’s Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, California. Gianna’s team was coached by Bryant.
The date also has some sentimental significance taking place on 2/24, which is a combination of Gianna’s and Kobe’s jersey numbers, respectively.