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Kobe Bryant Fans Gather at Lower Merion High School for Touching Tributes

Fans of basketball legend Kobe Bryant gathered at Lower Merion High School in Ardmore on Sunday afternoon, in the hours after his tragic death, to pay their respects to the Philly-area native.

Tributes included a pair of Bryant's jerseys - one from Lower Merion and one from his NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers - along with flowers, candles, and dedicated basketballs featuring messages of love and support.

Here's a look at the scene at the school:

Bryant, who attended Lower Merion from 1992 to 1996, took the Philly basketball scene by storm during his four seasons with the Aces, leading the team to a state championship and earning Naismith High School Player of the Year honors during his senior year.

The school officially named its gymnasium after Bryant with a special dedication ceremony in 2010, and Bryant donated more than $400,000 to the school district, at the time the largest donation in school district history. Images of Bryant adorn the inside of the gymnasium.

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The Lower Merion School District issued a statement Sunday about Bryant's passing:

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