It is unknown who attended the private funeral, but it looks like Kobe's sister Sharia was recently in town — a few days ago, Kobe's wife Vanessa shared a video of their daughter Capri standing up with the help of “auntie Ri-Ri.”
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On Monday, Vanessa took to Instagram, where she opened up about the grieving process. She said, “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?!”
Along with calling it a “nightmare,” Vanessa went on, “I'm so mad. She had so much life to live. 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. 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.”
A public memorial for Kobe and Gianna will be held on February 24, 2020, at 10 a.m. at Staples Center, where he played for most of his NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers.
The other victims in the January 26 crash were John, Keri and Alyssa Altobelli; Sarah and Payton Chester; Christina Mauser; and pilot Ara Zobayan.
They were on their way to the Mamba Academy, where Gianna's team was scheduled to play basketball.