Laying two of the most precious pieces of her life to rest was extremely tough for Vanessa Bryant.
After two tough weeks for mourning and remembrance, Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and 13-year-old daughter Gianna have been laid to rest in a privately held funeral at Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona Del Mar, California, on Friday, February 7, 2020, ET Online reported.
"Vanessa and the family wanted a private service to mourn their loss," a source told ET. "The ceremony was extremely hard for everyone as it's still hard for them to grasp they lost two beautiful souls." Kobe Bryant and Gianna have left behind wife and mom Vanessa and three little girls Natalia, 17, Bianka, 3, and Capri, 7 months.
A public memorial will be held for the departed souls on February 24 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Both, the date and the venue have a special significance as Staples Center is where Kobe played professional basketball with the Lakers for all his life and "24" as many know is the number Kobe sported on his jersey since the 2006-07 season.
Vanessa confirmed the date of the public service via her Instagram account with a heartfelt caption. "#2, #24, #20 years as a Laker and the amount of years Kob and I were together ❤️❤️💜💛" she wrote.
Earlier, the Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti has confirmed that a public memorial is being planned to honor Kobe, Gianna and the seven other passengers who lost their lives on the fateful helicopter crash.
"There will absolutely be a memorial to mark the contributions of this incredible man and not only him, but to commemorate the loss of his daughter and all the other families that were there," Garcetti told the Los Angeles Times.
"We don’t have that date finalized but we’ve been talking every day to the Lakers, and most importantly, to [Bryant’s widow, Vanessa] as well," he continued. "I think one message that I would say is this is not just about a man who was a basketball player, this is about a father, this is about a leader, this is about a filmmaker, this is about an artist, this is about somebody who was so much more than just how he was on the court."
And we can't agree more! Ever since the tragic news of Kobe's demise broke, the internet has been choking up every now and then and hailing for the human being he was. Tribute messages from all over the world are continuing to flow and Vanessa took to Instagram to not only thank them for being supportive but also asked them to support the families of the other victims.
We bid adieu to one of the most iconic athletes of the world and an aspiring basketball champion.
Rest in peace Kobe and Gianna!