The public memorial service for Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna is set for February 24 at 10 a.m. local time. The news first came out on Friday, and now Bryant’s wife, Vanessa, is sharing the invite to the celebration of live on her Instagram account.
She captioned it, “Verified
2, #24 #20 years as a Laker,” along with purple and gold heart emojis.
“Thank you Vanessa for allowing this to happen. You’re incredibly gracious in your most difficult time,” one fan replied.
“Crazy how God works it all out!” another wrote.
“I still cry every time I think of them, and I’m just a fan. I can’t imagine how difficult this is for your family,” someone else comments.
“may they rest in peace I am so sorry I really want to hug you now and say that everything will be fine we loved and still love Gianna and Kobe I love you love you dear darling,” a court person added.
A source spoke to Entertainment Tonight about the decision to have the ceremony at the Staples Center, and the date they picked — 2/24/20.
“There was conversations about possibly having the ceremony at the LA Coliseum to fit more people, but ultimately the Staples Center made the most sense as it was such a big part of Kobe’s life,” they said. “The date being the 24th was a decision to coincide with his jersey number as well. The day will be a way for LA to celebrate a man that meant so much to the city.”
“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,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said last week about a memorial service. “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.”
“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,”
“My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time,” Vanessa began her post. “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.”