More than 20,000 mourners gathered on Monday 24, to remember the late Kobe Byrant and daughter Gianna who both perished in an helicopter crash.
Amid tears, Vanessa struggled to give her glowing tribute to the basketball star and her husband.
“Kobe was known as a fierce competitor on basketball court. To me, he was my sweet husband and the beautiful father of our children,” she said.
She couldn’t leave her daughter, cherishing her even in death.
“Gianna Byrant was an amazingly sweet and gentle soul. She was one of my very best friends,” Vanessa remembered Gianna.
“I love the way she looked up at me while hugging me. It was as if she was sucking me all in,” she went on amid sobs.
She asked her late husband to look after their daughter Gianna, while she takes care of the other remaining daughters.
“Babe! Look after our Gigi, I got Bibi and Coco. We’re still the best team,” she said.
Kobe died with his daughter alongside other seven passengers while aboard his private chopper.
The deadly accident occurred on January 26 at Calabasas, California, where they all died on the spot.
Kobe’s widow, Vanessa,has filed a suit against the manufacturer of the ill-fated aircraft in a Los Angeles court. She says the accident was out of the company’s negligence, adding the crash took away many things from her including love, affection, family among others.
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