Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna who lost their lives in the helicopter crash that happened in Calabasas, a suburb of Los Angeles on January 26, 2020, have been buried.
Their private burial took place at the Corona Del Mar, California on 7th of February, two weeks after the horrific accident that also claimed the lives of seven others – Christina Mauser, John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, Sarah Chester, Payton Chester and pilot Ara Zobayan.
According to sources, the wife of the deceased, Vanessa, and the rest of the family decided to mourn their irreplaceable loss privately.
Sources also said Vanessa and her daughters – Natalia, Bianka, and Capri, are still finding it hard to accept the reality of living without their late 41-year-old father, Kobe, and the late 13-year-old Gianna.
Kobe Bryant and Gianna’s Public Memorial Service
Though they were buried in a private funeral, a memorial is being organised in their honour at the prestigious Staples Center, the home ground of LA Lakers, where Kobe shone like a million star during his playing days.
The public memorial will hold on February 24th. The date was strategically chosen to reflect Kobe and Gianna’s marks while alive. February is the second month of the year and was chosen because “2” was reportedly the Jersey number of Gianna in her school basketball club. While the 24th day of the month was chosen because that was the Jersey number Kobe Bryant ended his NBA career with.
“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”, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, said regarding the public memorial service.
However, the big question is how can the 20, 000 capacity hall contain the millions of Kobe’s fans and mourners who would love to come and pay their last respect? Though there are no reports on how people will get tickets to attend the ceremony, the police reportedly said those who can’t get into the staple centre won’t be allowed to get close to the venue.