Revered NBA legend Kobe Bryant and 13-year-old daughter Gianna were given burial to last Friday. The private funeral was held in Corona Del Mar, California, two weeks after the two perished in a helicopter crash with Christina Mauser, John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, Sarah Chester, Payton Cheste and pilot, Ara Zobayan. The group had been traveling to a basketball tournament at Kobe’s Mamba Sport Academy on January 26.
Following the funeral, Bryant’s widow Vanessa shared her feelings on their passing to social media:
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I’ve been reluctant to put my feelings into words. My brain refuses to accept that both Kobe and Gigi are gone. I can’t process both at the same time. It’s like I’m trying to process Kobe being gone but my body refuses to accept my Gigi will never come back to me. It feels wrong. Why should I be able to wake up another day when my baby girl isn’t being able to have that opportunity?! I’m so mad. She had so much life to live. Then I realize I need to be strong and be here for my 3 daughters. Mad I’m not with Kobe and Gigi but thankful I’m here with Natalia, Bianka and Capri. I know what I’m feeling is normal. It’s part of the grieving process. I just wanted to share in case there’s anyone out there that’s experienced a loss like this. God I wish they were here and this nightmare would be over. Praying for all of the victims of this horrible tragedy. Please continue to pray for all.
A public memorial will be had on February 24th at 10 am for fans of the fallen ball player at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. Said mayor Eric Garcetti, “We are one city that believes in each other, believes in something bigger than ourselves. We will absolutely do everything to make sure that this is done so that everybody can come to it as well.”