1. Various, memorial to Kobe Bryant outside Staples Center where the Lakers play
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Chris Ramirez, Los Angeles:
"Because Kobe Bryant gave it his all to his fans. He gave us everything he had and at the very least I gotta come here and respect the man. Not just him, but the other people who died. His beautiful daughter, gone way too soon. I had to, I mean Kobe Bryant's given me some of the best memories of my life and I respect that about, I respect the hard work, I respect the dedication to the game."
3. Various, memorial to Kobe Bryant outside Staples Center
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Yvonne Mendez, Los Angeles:
"His passion and his drive to play the game was incredible and what he did for so many people here in Los Angeles. So I'm here today to pay respects."
6. Sign on Staples Center honoring Kobe Bryant
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Justin Pemberton, Los Angeles:
"He's going to be missed. It was tragic when he left because it took everybody by surprise. Nobody was expecting it, neither was I. So, yeah, just paying my respects."
5. Various, memorial to Kobe Bryant outside Staples Center
Thousands of fans, many wearing Kobe Bryant jerseys and chanting his name, gathered outside the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, home of the Lakers and site of Sunday's Grammy Awards, where Bryant was honored.
Bryant was killed along with his daughter and seven others on Sunday.
The accident unleashed an outpouring of grief from admirers around the country who mourned the sudden loss of the all-time basketball great who spent his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers.
"His passion and his drive to play the game was incredible and what he did for so many people here in Los Angeles," said Yvonne Mendez, who placed a heart-shaped wreath at the growing memorial.
The 41-year-old Bryant, who perished with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, was one of the game's most popular players, an 18-time All-Star who helped lead the Lakers to five NBA championships.
Investigators are working on a rugged hillside outside Los Angeles where a helicopter carrying Bryant and eight others crashed in foggy conditions considered dangerous enough that local police agencies grounded their choppers.
About 20 investigators are on the scene Monday morning in Calabasas were Bryant's helicopter crashed Sunday with an impact that scattered debris over an area the size of a football field and killed everyone aboard.