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Basketball legend Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna finally laid to rest in a private funeral

Valentine Chinyem

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Basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna Bryant, have been laid to rest.

They were laid to rest after a private funeral at Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona Del Mar, California, on Friday, February 7.

It would be recalled that the former Los Angeles player, his daughter and seven others lost their in a helicopter crash in the Calabasas area of California.

Kobe Bryant left behind his wife, Vanessa Bryant, and three other children, Natalia, 17, Bianka, 3, and Capri, 7 months.

According to a source, the family had opted for a private service to mourn their loss.

“Vanessa and the family wanted a private service to mourn their loss.”

“The ceremony was extremely hard for everyone as it’s still hard for them to grasp they lost two beautiful souls,” the source said.

More so, it would be recalled that we reported about the public memorial coming up on Monday 24, February to commemorate the lives of Kobe Gianna, and the seven others who died with them at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Kobe spent 20 years playing in the Staples Center, during his 20 year stint with the Lakers.

Vanessa also took to her Instagram handle to announce the upcoming memorial service, noting that it will start at 10 a.m.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti while speaking to Los Angeles Times, confirmed that a memorial was in the offing to honor the deceased but did not disclose the exact date.

“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 said.

“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.”

Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryan, Alyssa Altobelli, John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Payton Chester, Sarah Chester, Christina Mauser and Ara Zobayan lost their lives when the helicopter they were flying crashed in the Calabsas mountain area on the 26 of January, 2020.

Basketball lovers and fans have continued to mourn not just the legend but also those who died with him.

Investigators are yet to release official statement as to why the crash occured, but it has been revealed that the pilot, Ara Zobayan requested for weather report to be sure the wind was favorable for flying before making the trip. In which he was told to procees.

Kobe Bryant would be fondly missed by his family, friends and fans, as a husband, father, brother, friend and the man who mentored new generation of basketballers and still inspired many across tha globe that they can be whatever they want to be, if they work hard enough.

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