Kentuckians honor Kobe Bryant

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kobe Bryant was inspiration to people around the world, and now Kentuckians are finding several different ways to pay their respects after he was killed Sunday in a helicopter crash in California.

Shop Local, a t-shirt company in Lexington, has announced the launch a new purple and gold shirt with the word “legend.”

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Owners say 100%of the proceeds will benefit the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation.

The foundation describes itself as “dedicated to improving the lives of youth and families in need, both domestically and globally. By providing financial resources and developing unique programs, the Foundation strives to strengthen communities through educational and cultural enrichment opportunities.”

The Kentucky Women’s Basketball team is also paying its respects.



All the players in Monday night’s game against Auburn wore Kobe Bryant’s brand of Nike shoes.

They also wrote messages on them including, “Mamba Mentality”, “RIP #24”, and “Mambacita” to honor Bryant’s daughter Gianna “Gigi” Bryant, who also died Sunday.