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News Release

City of Moreno Valley Honors Kobe Bryant with Special "M" Lighting

Box Springs Mountain Icon to Glow Purple and Gold in Tribute to Late NBA Star and Eight Others

For immediate release: January 27, 2020

The M lit purple and gold.

Moreno Valley's iconic "M" on Box Springs Mountain will be lighted in purple and gold tonight, January 27, in honor of Kobe Bryant. The famed Los Angeles Laker lost his life yesterday in a helicopter crash. Also killed were his 13-year-old daughter and seven others.

"Kobe Bryant was one of the greatest basketball players of all time," explained Dr. Yxstian Gutierrez, Mayor of Moreno Valley, "and over his 20-year career and after, he had become a beloved member of the Southern California community. In recognition of all those killed, and in honor of Kobe's achievements and the high esteem in which his memory will always be held by so many of us in Moreno Valley, we'll light the M for them tonight."

The City lights the M in various colors almost nightly in recognition of causes and people especially important to the community.

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