Lakers Grave Spotted in Belize

Passion for the Lakers thrives thousands of miles away

By Olsen Ebright
|  Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011  |  Updated 2:13 PM PDT
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Matt Sepulveda

A teenager in Belize was such a dedicated Lakers fan that even amid a tragic death, his family chose to bury him in a Lakers-themed grave.

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A macabre discovery in Belize shows just how far Laker fandom has traveled.

While recently visiting the Caribbean, Los Angeles-native Matt Sepulveda stopped in Belize City, Belize. Nestled in the city's cemetery -- almost 3,000 miles away from Staples Center -- was a grave decked out in yellow paint with team logos and basketballs drawn on the sides.

According to the cemetery's caretaker, the grave belongs to Arthur Young, a top basketball prospect who sadly was shot and killed after an argument with an acquaintance, said Sepulveda.

The shooting happened in 2003 or 2004 while Young was still in high school, according to the caretaker. 

Young was a huge Lakers fan, and so was his father, hence the Lakers grave, said Sepulveda.

The grave's headstone has since been destroyed, according to photos Sepulveda posted online.

Elsewhere around the globe, Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant is reportedly working on a deal to take his talents to Italy. The five-time NBA champ has said it would be a "dream" to play in Italy, although a deal has yet to be finalized.

Bryant would return to the NBA once the lockout ends, the Associated Press reported.

 

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