MANILA, Philippines, February 12 ------ Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna have been laid to rest in a private Los Angeles funeral, US media reported Tuesday, February 11. The ceremony was held last Friday at the Pacific View Mortuary in Corona Del Mar, two weeks after they died in a helicopter crash along with 7 others. Reports said the Bryant family wanted a “private service to mourn their loss.” A public memorial will be held on February 24 at the Staples Center, home of the Los Angeles Lakers where Kobe starred for 20 seasons.
The 2-24 memorial date holds symbolism as Kobe wore the No. 24 jersey while Gianna sported No. 2. Vanessa Bryant, wife of the late NBA legend, said her “brain refuses to accept that both Kobe and Gigi are gone.” "I’ve been reluctant to put my feelings into words," Vanessa wrote in an Instagram post on Monday. "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."
Vanessa said it feels like a “nightmare,” but knows she needs strength to care for her 3 other daughters. "Then I realize I need to be strong and be here for my 3 daughters," she said. "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."