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Kobe Bryant & GiGi Staples Center Memorial Includes Private Vanessa Bryant Snaps, Touching Quote From NBA Star

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By Ryan Naumann

Kobe Bryant & his daughter GiGi Bryant’s public memorial is underway with thousands of fans mourning the NBA legend, which includes private photos with Vanessa Bryant and a touching quote from the NBA legend.

The Blast obtained photos from inside Staples Center showing off the incredible event put together to honor Kobe’s legacy. The entire stage is covered with thousands of red and white roses. Attendees are expected to include Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, Vanessa and his daughters. Many fans have been warned not to show up without tickets. Officials believe it will be extremely overcrowded.

The celebration of life brochures handed out to attendees included an adorable photo of Kobe kissing Gianna at a Lakers game. The back of the program included a quote from Kobe.

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It read, “Lastly to our daughters…. You guys know that if you do the work, you work hard enough, dreams come true. You know that, we all know that. But hopefully what you get from tonight is that those times when you get up early and you work hard; those times when you don’t feel like working -- you’re too tired, you don’t want to push yourself – but you do it anyway. That is actually the dream. That’s the dream it’s not the destination, it’s the journey. And if you guys can understand that, what you’ll see happen is that you won’t accomplish your dream, your dreams won’t come true, something greater will. And if you guys can understand that, then I’m doing my job as a father.

The Staples Center only holds 20,000 people but 88,000 fans tried to get tickets. Inside the venue, they placed purple lights around Kobe’s jerseys which hang at the top of the venue. The back of the ticket given to attendees included Psalm 23 from the bible. The verse starts, "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters. he refreshes my soul."

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Kobe’s wife Vanessa Bryant wrote a touching message following the NBA legend’s death. She wrote, “My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time. 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.

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She continued, "We are also devastated for the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday, and we share in their grief intimately. There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now. I take comfort in knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were so deeply loved. We were so incredibly blessed to have them in our lives. I wish they were here with us forever."

Prior to the event, Vanessa filed a wrongful death against the pilot of the fatal helicopter crash.

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