Kobe and Gianna buried in Corona del Mar ceme­tery

Antelope Valley Press - - NEWS - By STEFANIE DAZIO

LOS AN­GE­LES — Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daugh­ter, Gianna, were buried Fri­day in a ceme­tery near the fam­ily’s South­ern Cal­i­for­nia home, ac­cord­ing to death cer­tifi­cates.

Pa­cific View Me­mo­rial Park in Corona del Mar fea­tures metic­u­lous land­scap­ing, open court­yards and foun­tains that “ex­press the joy of liv­ing,” ac­cord­ing to its web­site. Ac­tor John Wayne, who died in 1979, also is buried there.

The Bryants and seven oth­ers were killed in a Jan. 26 he­li­copter crash. The re­tired basketball su­per­star, his daugh­ter and the other vic­tims will be hon­ored at a Feb. 24 pub­lic me­mo­rial at Sta­ples Cen­ter, where Bryant starred for most of his 20-year ca­reer with the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers.

The date 2/24 cor­re­sponds with the No. 24 jersey he wore and the No. 2 worn by Gianna, whose team was coached by her fa­ther.

It’s not yet known what caused the crash of the he­li­copter that was tak­ing the Bryants and the oth­ers to a youth basketball tour­na­ment.

A re­port by the Na­tional Trans­porta­tion Safety Board is­sued last week stated there weren’t any signs of en­gine fail­ure from the wreck­age re­cov­ered from the crash site in Cal­abasas, north­west of Los An­ge­les. The pi­lot, Ara Zobayan, had nearly nav­i­gated the he­li­copter out of blind­ing clouds when it turned and plunged into the moun­tain­side.

The death cer­tifi­cates state the Bryants died of blunt trauma. Bryant’s oc­cu­pa­tion is listed as au­thor, pro­ducer and ath­lete while Gianna is listed as “coach and stu­dent.”

At a pub­lic me­mo­rial Mon­day, sev­eral thou­sand peo­ple mourned three of the other vic­tims: Orange Coast Col­lege base­ball coach John Al­to­belli, his wife, Keri, and their daugh­ter Alyssa, Gianna’s team­mate.

Also killed in the crash were Christina Mauser, who helped Bryant coach the teenage girls’ basketball team, as well as Sarah Ch­ester and her daugh­ter Pay­ton, an­other of Gianna’s team­mates.

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