Nov 28, 2021
Teammates Of Boy Killed In Waukesha Christmas Parade Tragedy Honor Him With Baseball Memorial
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CHICAGO (CBS) — All five of the children in critical care after the tragedy in Waukesha, Wisconsin, have improved, and one has returned home. Nine children remain in the hospital.
It was last Sunday that an SUV driver plowed into a Christmas parade, killing six people and injuring more than 60 others.READ MORE: Teen Shot To Death While Riding Bike In Austin
Teammates of an 8-year-old boy killed Sunday are honoring him with a special memorial.
Jason Sparks died from his injuries this week. He loved baseball and photos and mementos and homemade posters now lie behind home plate at a park.READ MORE: Kyle Lowry Scores 19 Points, Heat Beat Bulls 107-104
“This is the least that we could do for them.We’re Waukesha strong. We’re pushing forward together and we’re gonna make it through,” said Joseph Sifnaio.
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The Coop gave its proceeds Friday to the United for Waukesha Community Fund. It has also been collecting donations since last week and sending them along. Two of the restaurant’s servers were hurt in the tragedy.
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Kobe Bryant memorial: Artist hopes memorial can find permanent location
Dan Medina has had a couple of hectic days since photos of his sculpture of Kobe and Gianna "Gigi" Bryant went viral on social media.
The Southern California artist placed the sculpture on Wednesday at the site of the helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, where the NBA legend and his 13-year old daughter died on Jan. 26, 2020. Medina brought the 150-pound piece there before sunrise and removed it at the end of the day.
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"I told my wife I would have been happy just to share a moment with close friends and fans. That was all I was looking for," Medina said Thursday. "I did want to get it out there but I was already resolute knowing that as long as I can touch the individual that makes it worthy."
Dan Medina stands next to a statue he created in memory of former Los Angeles Lakers NBA basketball player Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022, in Calabasas, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
The statue depicts Bryant in his Los Angeles Lakers uniform with his arm around Gigi, also in her basketball uniform and holding a ball.
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The base has the inscription "heroes come and go but legends are forever," along with the names of the other crash victims — Christina Mauser; Payton and Sarah Chester; John, Keri and Alyssa Altobelli; and pilot Ara Zobayan.
A bronze sculpture honoring former Los Angeles Lakers NBA basketball player Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna Bryant, and the names of those who died, is displayed at the site of a 2020 helicopter crash sits in a hillside in Calabasas, Calif, on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Fans took photos of the statue along with leaving flowers and other memorials at the crash site. The statue is a smaller version of a life-size sculpture he is working on that he hopes can find a location in downtown Los Angeles.
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Medina also said he hopes the smaller version could eventually end up at the crash site.
Artis Dan Medina poses next to his work, a bronze sculpture honoring former Los Angeles Lakers NBA basketball player Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna Bryant, and the names of those who died, at the site of a 2020 helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif, on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
"I think we did it the right way. I didn’t break any laws. There was no trash left behind," he said. "I hope by showing that something we did spontaneous and the right way can lead to something further."
Medina said the life-size sculpture is about 90% completed. If a site in downtown LA is finalized, the process of installing it along with the base could be done within six months.