Kobe, Gianna Bryant memorial service set for Feb. 24 at Staples Center - Woke America

A memorial service celebrating the lives of basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna will be held on the morning of Feb. 24 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Bryan and Gianna died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on Jan. 26, along with seven others. They were headed to Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks for Gianna's team's game.

The date chosen for the memorial is a nod to both Bryant and Gianna's basketball jersey numbers - Kobe (No. 24) and Gianna (No. 2). 

Last week, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said that a memorial was in the works.

"I think one message that I would say is this is not just about a man who was a basketball player, this is about a father, this is about a leader, this is about a filmmaker, this is about an artist, this is about somebody who was so much more than just how he was on the court," he told reporters.

"It's a reminder how much unity we have, though. We are one city that believes in each other, believes in something bigger than ourselves, and we will absolutely do everything to make sure that this is done so that everybody can come to it as well."

Staples Center has also been the site of memorial services for celebrities like Michael Jackson and the rapper Nipsey Hussle, can hold a crowd of about 20,000. Thousands of fans are expected to turn up to mourn the loss of the Lakers legend.