Local sports fans react to Kobe Bryant's death

3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago Sunday, January 26 2020 Jan 26, 2020 Sunday, January 26, 2020 9:24:00 PM CST January 26, 2020 in News
By: Peyton Headlee, KOMU 8 Reporter 
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COLUMBIA - Kobe Bryant’s death shocked the nation and left many fans devastated.

While mid-Missouri may be halfway across the country from California, community members still felt the impact of Bryant’s death. 

Shabaz Bajwa got to see Bryant play in person when he was younger and couldn’t believe the news.

“My initial reaction was honestly shock,” Bajwa said. “I thought it might have been fake.”

Others, like Jenny Carpio, did not want to believe it was true. 

“I was in shock I didn't want to believe it,” Carpio said. “He made such an impact on so many people’s lives and the game of basketball.”

Bryant’s death left the community reflecting on his life and legacy. 

Chris Staley said Bryant will always be the face of NBA for him. 

“Kobe Bryant was just everywhere,” Staley said. “People will shoot papers into trash cans and yell, 'Kobe!' His legacy is just going to live on forever.” 

Despite the frustration and sadness, most of the community is just thankful they got to see Bryant on the court. 

“I was just really thankful to be able to live through the time period of being able to watch him play,” Bajwa said. “He is gone now, so kids today will never be able to experience the greatness that was Kobe Bryant.”

Reactions continue to pour on social media as well.

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