On Monday afternoon, thousands of people gathered at the Staples Center in Los Angeles to remember the lives of Kobe and Gianna Bryant, along with the other seven victims that died in a tragic helicopter crash last month.
Vanessa Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, Michael Jordan, and a few others gave speeches in remembrance, along with performances from Christina Aguilera, Beyonce and Alicia Keys.
Each speech was special in its own way, but Vanessa’s left a mark on my heart.
“Thank you for your prayers, I’d like to talk about both Kobe and Gigi, but I’ll start with my babygirl first,” Vanessa began. “My baby girl, Gianna
“God knew they couldn’t be on this Earth without each other, he had to bring them home to Heaven together,” Vanessa Bryant said, tearing up.
“Babe, you take care of our Gigi,” Vanessa added. “We love and miss you, Booboo and Gigi. May you both rest in peace, and have fun in Heaven until we meet again one day.”
“We love you both and miss you, forever and always.”
Team Lakers, an Instagram account run by a Lakers fan, shared a video of Vanessa’s speech, writing, “@vanessabryant you are so strong.”
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In a post last month, Vanessa opened up about the difficult time she was having excepting the death of those that she loves so deeply.
“Thank you for all the prayers. We definitely need them. We are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe — the amazing father of our children; and my beautiful, sweet Gianna — a loving, thoughtful, and wonderful daughter, and amazing sister to Natalia, Bianka, and Capri.”
“Thank you so much for lifting us up in your prayers, and for loving Kobe, Gigi, Natalia, Bianka, Capri and me,” she added.
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My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time. Thank you for all the prayers. We definitely need them. We are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe — the amazing father of our children; and my beautiful, sweet Gianna — a loving, thoughtful, and wonderful daughter, and amazing sister to Natalia, Bianka, and Capri. We are also devastated for the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday, and we share in their grief intimately. There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now. I take comfort in knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were so deeply loved. We were so incredibly blessed to have them in our lives. I wish they were here with us forever. They were our beautiful blessings taken from us too soon. I’m not sure what our lives hold beyond today, and it’s impossible to imagine life without them. But we wake up each day, trying to keep pushing because Kobe, and our baby girl, Gigi, are shining on us to light the way. Our love for them is endless — and that’s to say, immeasurable. I just wish I could hug them, kiss them and bless them. Have them here with us, forever. Thank you for sharing your joy, your grief and your support with us. We ask that you grant us the respect and privacy we will need to navigate this new reality. To honor our Team Mamba family, the Mamba Sports Foundation has set up the MambaOnThree Fund to help support the other families affected by this tragedy. To donate, please go to MambaOnThree.org. To further Kobe and Gianna’s legacy in youth sports, please visit MambaSportsFoundation.org. Thank you so much for lifting us up in your prayers, and for loving Kobe, Gigi, Natalia, Bianka, Capri and me. #Mamba #Mambacita #GirlsDad #DaddysGirls #Family ❤️
Kobe and Gianna Bryant died in a tragic helicopter crash last month, along with seven others, who were headed to Gianna’s basketball game.
As Project Inspired previously reported: “There were including John Altobelli, the head baseball coach at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California; his wife, Keri Altobelli; and their daughter Alyssa who was Gianna’s teammate. Payton Chester, a 13-year-old basketball player, and her mother, Sarah were also on board the helicopter. Christina Mauser was also on board, who was the assistant coach for Gianna Bryant’s Mamba Academy basketball team. Ara Zobayan also passed away, a pilot who had been Bryant’s personal pilot for years.”
Please continue to keep the Bryant family, and all other families impacted by the tragic loss in your prayers.