It is one of the tallest buildings in the downtown Grand Rapids area, and it is showing respect to the basketball legend himself, Kobe Bryant. Bryant and his daughter Gianna, Alyssa, John, and Keri Altobelli; Payton and Sarah Chester; Christina Mauser; and Ara Zobayan lost their lives in a helicopter crash on Sunday.

The building honoring Bryant is the Varnum Building, which is on Bridge Street. The building has changed its lights to purple and gold, according to WGRD.


"We don’t change our sign very often, it’s for causes that we support and we just felt that it was the right thing to do... He impacted a lot of different people in different ways, one of the best basketball players ever certainly, so on the athletic side he was a hard worker, great performer great success he had. But also on the business side outside of basketball, after his retirement he showed great signs of success there too. Most importantly his family, his help with young people and touching the community he lived in was really impressive." Scott Hill who is the Varnum Executive Partner Scott Hill told Fox 17.

Little Ceaser's Arena out in Detroit has also honored Bryant, changing their jerseys for at a Pistons game.

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