Kobe Bryant Reaches Out To The Jordan Edwards Family With A Special Surprise

Posted On : 05/19/2017

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The story of Jordan Edwards touched the heart of basketball legend, Kobe Bryant, so he decided to reach out and offer his condolences to the Edwards’ family, particularly Jordan’s brother.

Much Love:

On April 29th, Jordan Edwards along with his brother Kevon, were leaving a party in Balch Springs, Texas. While riding in the car, a Dallas police officer opened fire and gunned 15 year-old Jordan down. The officer responsible for the shooting, Officer Roy Oliver (who’s been fired) has been charged with murder in the shooting. This case like many others has once again put the spotlight on fatal police shootings involving white officers and black men. The story of Jordan’s death made national news and it touched the hearts of many including the Black Mamba himself, Kobe Bryant.

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: NBA player Kobe Bryant attends the premiere of Showtime's "Kobe Bryant's Muse" at The London Hotel on February 26, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

The day after Kevon and his family laid Jordan to rest, he celebrated his 17th birthday. Most birthdays are joyous celebrations but it’s hard to be happy when your baby brother is gone. In an effort to put a smile on his face, Bryant called the Edwards’ family to offer words of encouragement. At the end of their conversation, Bryant told Jordan to look out for a package from him in the mail.

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According to TMZ, Bryant sent two pairs of his signature shoes as well as a signed jersey that said, “To Kevon, Do epic things! God bless. Much love!”. Following Bryant’s gesture, Edwards’ family attorney S. Lee Merritt gave the NBA great a shoutout on Twitter by sharing photos of Kevon’s new birthday gifts.

Bryant wasn’t the only professional athlete that reached out to the Edwards’ family. Colin Kaepernick also gave the Edwards family a call, as did the Warriors’ Andre Iguodala. Iguodala not only called the family but he offered them tickets to one of the team’s playoff games. Golden State’s coach, Steve Kerr, also called to give his support, telling the family that he lost his father to gun violence, and that he has felt, and still feels, what they are currently feeling. Attorney S. Lee Merritt also acknowledged their kindness on Twitter.

Way to go Kobe! It’s always nice to hear when someone has taken the time out of their schedule to show empathy to someone who needs it. While it may have gone unnoticed, I’m sure that there are many other notable people as well as common citizens that have reached out to the Edwards’ family as they struggle with their loss.

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