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South LA community gathers to commemorate Kobe Bryant

"Walking out from behind the counter, South LA Cafe owners Joseph and Celia Ward-Wallace checked on customers as they took orders from a line of Kobe Bryant fans wearing yellow, purple and black Sunday.

A week before, customers at the cafe were in tears when they learned of the death of the Lakers shooting guard during a chess event. Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, along with seven other people, were killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas Jan. 26 as they traveled to basketball practice.

'People are grieving over this, the death of Bryant and his daughter, and no one is wanting to talk about it,' Joseph Ward-Wallace said.

Upholding a mission to build community through coffee, culture and connection, Joseph and Celia Ward-Wallace gathered volunteer artists, a DJ and a therapist Sunday to help the community heal for their A Day of Tribute event."

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