Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were laid to rest last Friday in a private funeral, according to death records released on Tuesday by Los Angeles County officials.
The gravesite is in the Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona Del Mar, California.
According to CNN, the cemetery is about two miles from the Pacific Ocean and roughly 10 miles from the Catholic Church the Bryant family attends — Our Lady Queen of Angels in Newport Beach. Kobe reportedly stopped at the church on Sunday, January 26 just hours before the helicopter he, his daughter, and seven others were riding in en route to the Mamba Sports Academy for a basketball tournament.
PopCulture.com writes that the memorial park’s website boasts “gently rolling slopes of green, lush landscaping filled with palms and flowers are meticulously cared for and offer a breathtaking final resting place for your loved one, as well as a place of peaceful reflection and remembering for you.”
The grief that Kobe’s wife, Vanessa, has been going through is unimaginable. On Monday, she posted a message for fans about her struggles with accepting this new reality.
“I’ve been reluctant to put my feelings into words. 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,” she captioned a video of Gianna’s basketball highlights at the Mamba Academy.
“Then I realize I need to be strong and be here for my 3 daughters. Mad I’m not with Kobe and Gigi but thankful I’m here with Natalia, Bianka and Capri,” she continued. “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.”
In his final interview before his death, Bryant revealed what the Mamba Academy meant to him.
“I think you can have a lasting impact,” he said. “I mean winning championships, that’s great. Building families, that’s great. But when you can create stories and create moments and events and companies that can provide opportunities … and inspire kids and create situations where people can be better, I think that has a lasting impact, more so than winning championships does.”