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County Administration Building Lights Up Purple and Gold for Kobe Bryant

The county agreed to light the building in purple and gold from 5:15 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

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The San Diego County Administration Center downtown will be bathed in purple and gold beginning at sunset Wednesday in memory of Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and the seven others who died in a helicopter crash Sunday.

Shane Harris, president of the People's Alliance for Justice, sent a letter asking San Diego County Chief Administrative Officer Helen Robbins-Meyer to program the building's lights in honor of the former NBA superstar.

The county agreed to light the building in purple and gold from 5:15 to 11:30 p.m.

"It is important that San Diego shows solidarity with Los Angeles and other cities across the country that are remembering and honoring the historic basketball player not just for his contributions on the court but off the court as well,'' Harris wrote in his letter. "As well as standing side-by-side in prayer and thought for the eight other victims killed in Sunday's helicopter crash.''

Harris and the People's Alliance for Justice will gather at sunset near the fountain on the waterfront side of the County Administration Center, 1600 Pacific Highway.

Purple and gold also illuminated several buildings and landmarks across the country in the days following the crash:

The Sikorsky S-76B helicopter crashed into a Calabasas mountainside Sunday morning while carrying Bryant and the other passengers to the former Laker star's Mamba Sports Academy, where his daughter was scheduled to play in a basketball tournament.

The National Transportation Safety Board said Monday that initial information shows "the pilot advised they were climbing to avoid a cloud layer." When air traffic control asked what the pilot planned to do, "there was no reply." NTSB also asked the public to send photos of weather in the area around the time of the crash to witness@ntsb.gov.
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