Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were buried on Friday in a private ceremony at the Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona Del Mar, California. Death certificates released on Tuesday by Los Angeles County officials detailed the information of their final resting place.
The Bryants are Catholic and the memorial park is 10 miles from Our Lady Queen of Angels, in Newport Beach, which is the church they attend. Bryant was reportedly there just hours before his death in a helicopter crash on Sunday, January 26th.
A public memorial service for Bryant and Gianna is scheduled for February 24th at the Staples Center, where Kobe played 20 season for the Lakers.
The most important thing in Kobe’s life was his family, especially following his retirement from pro basketball.
In his final interview before his death, Bryant talked about why he doesn’t make it to make Lakers games.
“I have gone through 20 years of the majority of my career with my kids Natalia and Gianna without being able to have that consistently,” Bryant said.
“So for me to make a trip up to the Staples Center, that means I’m missing the opportunity to spend another night with my kids, and I know how fast it goes. Natalia is 16 and Gianna is 13. So that time came and went and so I want to make sure that the days I’m away from them, are days that I absolutely have to,” he continued. “I’d rather just be hanging with them.”
Bryant also talked about coaching his daughter Gianna’s basketball team, and what he loved so much about it.
“It’s a trip to see her move and the expressions that she makes,” Bryant said. “It’s a trip, you know, the genetics. Genetics is a real thing, man.
What I love about Gigi is her curiosity about the game,” he added. “Even in a very heated situation in a game where it’s very competitive and back and forth, she can detach herself and come over and ask a very specific questions, which is not common.”
“I think you can have a lasting impact,” he said about his Mamba Sports Academy. “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.”