UNLV Student Organization holds vigil honoring Kobe Bryant

  • January 30, 2020, 11:57 AM (update February 07, 2020, 11:36 AM)
  • Lucas Peltier
UNLV Student Organization holds vigil honoring Kobe Bryant Photographed by Lucas Peltier Memorial sign placed at the UNLV Student Union at Wednesday night's vigil in remembrance to Kobe Bryant and the eight others killed in a helicopter crash Sunday.
The UNLV Womxn of Color Coalition held a vigil on UNLV Wednesday night remembering Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, along with the seven others who lost their lives in a helicopter crash Sunday.

The vigil in the Student Union courtyard where UNLV students and fans gathered to pay their respects, telling stories on how Bryant impacted their lives. 

“Kobe meant to me... in a sense of just being inspiring and keep on pushing of what you believe,” UNLV WOCC president Deanna Hughes said. “That’s what resonated with me.  He got me to where I am now.”

Hughes, who could not attend the memorial service in her hometown of L.A. due to school, decided to organize the vigil  - holding a moment of silence for 24.8 seconds in honor of the basketball legend's jersey numbers.

"I'm going to bring the vigil to the Las Vegas because I know I'm not the only one." 

Near the end of the vigil, one person placed a trash can in the middle of the crowd for others toss balled-up paper into and shout "Kobe!" - a reference amongst school kids who grew up watching Bryant play for the Lakers.

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