Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna have been laid to rest in a private ceremony, two weeks after the tragic helicopter crash that took their lives and seven others’. According to report, the late basketball legend and his 13-year-old daughter were buried last Friday, February 7 at Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona Del Mar, California.
“Vanessa and the family wanted a private service to mourn their loss,” a source tells ET of why they kept the ceremony private. “The ceremony was extremely hard for everyone as it’s still hard for them to grasp they lost two beautiful souls.”
Details of the private funeral are not available, but it’s believed to be a religious one as Kobe and his wife Vanessa Bryant were practicing Catholics. It’s also unknown who attended the private funeral. A recently-revealed death certificate listed that the former NBA superstar’s final resting place will be near that of his daughter Gianna.
Besides the private funeral, the family has announced a public memorial service for Kobe to be held on February 24. The event, which is set to be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, will also honor Gianna and the other seven people killed in a helicopter crash on January 26.
In late January, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti confirmed that a memorial was being planned in honor of the basketball icon. “There will absolutely be a memorial to mark the contributions of this incredible man and not only him, but to commemorate the loss of his daughter and all the other families that were there,” he told the Los Angeles Times.
“We don’t have that date finalized but we’ve been talking every day to the Lakers, and most importantly, to [Bryant’s widow, Vanessa] as well,” he continued. “I think one message that I would say is this is not just about a man who was a basketball player, this is about a father, this is about a leader, this is about a filmmaker, this is about an artist, this is about somebody who was so much more than just how he was on the court.”