On Sunday, January 26 a helicopter carrying basketball star, Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna Bryant, and seven other people crashed and everyone riding in it died. Once news spread about Bryant and his daughter’s death, the world was devastated for the loss of them and the seven other people riding with them.
Bryant, his daughter, Gianna, and the seven other victims were honored at the first Laker’s home game since the tragic accident happened. Now, they will be honored during the Super Bowl.
5 days after this tragic accident happened that killed Bryant, his daughter, and the other victims, the Los Angeles Laker’s played their first home game. They made a tribute to all 9 victims of the crash.
The tribute started out with many musical acts. Usher sang ‘Amazing Grace.’ They then set seats out to honor Bryant and Gianna. After this, they draped Bryant’s number 24 basketball jersey over one chair and Gianna’s number two basketball jersey for Mamba Sports Academy was draped over another chair.
Roses were also set on each chair. They then honored all nine victims by showing their names across every screen there, reported by CNN. Lebron James, who started playing for the Lakers in 2018, spoke before everyone paying tribute to Bryant, his daughter, and the other victims. After this, they introduced each player who was playing in the game that day by introducing them as Kobe Bryant.
Not only all of this was done for the Bryant’s and the rest of the victims, but the flowers that were left in front of the Staples Center will be taken away, turned into mulch and planted around Los Angeles in honor of the impact Bryant had on the city. There are more memorial plans being discussed.
There are also plans to honor Bryant and Gianna during the Super Bowl as well. Although not everything that is being planned to honor them is being made public, Jennifer Lopez and Shakira, who are headlining the halftime show, have gone back and redone their planned performances for the big game to honor Bryant, Gianna, and the rest of those who died in the crash. Although they had already created their 12-minute act, they went back after learning of the tragic deaths and re-created their performance to be in honor of them.
According to CBS Sports, nothing else will be made public about the tribute planned for everyone before the Super Bowl on February 2. This is all to happen before the planned funeral.
Although everyone, including Jennifer Lopez, is being quiet about the planned tribute during the Super Bowl halftime show, she did make a heartfelt comment toward Vanessa Bryant, Kobe Bryant’s wife and the mother of his four daughters. She said, “I think how awful that must be for her right now…I’ve just been praying that God guides her through every moment because she has three more babies to take care of.”
No other tributes have been announced for the victims. The Grammy Awards Ceremony made a tribute before it began on Sunday since the crash happened just a few hours before the awards ceremony began that day. The awards ceremony also took place at the Staples Center where Bryant spent a lot of his time playing basketball.
Not much is known about the private burial or the public memorial to be held for Bryant and Gianna. However, Vanessa has posted on Instagram twice to thank everyone for their condolences toward Kobe and Gianna. Neither time did she mention what the plans are for either the memorial or the burial to take place. However, several sources have stated that a public memorial is to be held at the L.A Coliseum.
Although the original plan was to hold the memorial at the Staples Center since Bryant spent a lot of his time there, it isn’t possible since there are likely to be more than the 19,000 people that the Center can hold. No dates have been confirmed for either the memorial or the private burial.