Vanessa Bryant & Daughter Natalia Are Spotted Walking Hand-In-Hand at Kobe's Memorial in Fan Video
Vanessa Bryant and her daughter, Natalia, were filmed walking hand-in-hand as they arrived at the public Cerebration of life for their loved ones, Kobe and Gianna Bryant.
In the thirteen-second clip, the mother and daughter dressed in black and were seen holding hands, walking by each other through the crowd gathered at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles.
Vanessa, 37, and her teenage daughter Natalia, 17, showed an enormous amount of strength in the clip, walking with their heads held high, leaning into each other for support.
Vanessa reminded the audience that there is always a strength, even in the midst of grief.
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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. 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. They were our beautiful blessings taken from us too soon. I’m not sure what our lives hold beyond today, and it’s impossible to imagine life without them. But we wake up each day, trying to keep pushing because Kobe, and our baby girl, Gigi, are shining on us to light the way. Our love for them is endless — and that’s to say, immeasurable. I just wish I could hug them, kiss them and bless them. Have them here with us, forever. Thank you for sharing your joy, your grief and your support with us. We ask that you grant us the respect and privacy we will need to navigate this new reality. To honor our Team Mamba family, the Mamba Sports Foundation has set up the MambaOnThree Fund to help support the other families affected by this tragedy. To donate, please go to MambaOnThree.org. To further Kobe and Gianna’s legacy in youth sports, please visit MambaSportsFoundation.org. Thank you so much for lifting us up in your prayers, and for loving Kobe, Gigi, Natalia, Bianka, Capri and me. #Mamba #Mambacita #GirlsDad #DaddysGirls #Family ❤️
Vanessa spoke very emotionally when she took the podium during the service. She let on about the late Lakers' basketball player and his relationship with their family.
The grieving widow shared, with the thousands of people present, what made her deceased husband special beyond his talent on the court. Vanessa Laine Byrant said:
"He was thoughtful and always wrote the best love letters and cards, and Gigi had his wonderful ability to express her feelings into paper and make you feel her love through his words."
Vanessa, remaining steady, also spoke about her daughter, Gianna. In describing how similar the father and daughter were in character, she shared:
"She was thoughtful, like him. They were so easy to love. Everybody naturally gravitated toward them."
The father and daughter died in a helicopter crash along with seven other people — two of Gianna's teammates, their parents, and their assistant basketball coach. The group were flying to watch a basketball tournament in Thousand Oaks, California.
Vanessa's 20-minute speech incited tears and bitter-sweet laughs from the crowd. Among the thousands in attendance were Jimmy Kimmel, Michael Jordan, and Diana Taurasi, who gave speeches in tribute to Kobe and Gianna.
As the mother and wife of the deceased left the stage, led by Michael Jordan, her words sat heavy in the hearts of the people gathered at the Center.
Vanessa Bryant reminded the audience that there is always a strength, even in the midst of grief, as she charged everyone present with her heart-wrenching eulogy.