Gianna Bryant's Friend Sends Letter to Vanessa on First Anniversary of Her Death
Gianna's friend sent Vanessa Bryant a letter one year after her tragic death in the helicopter crash that also killed Kobe Bryant and seven others.
Vanessa Bryant received a touching letter from one of her daughter Gianna's friends. She shared it on Instagram on the first anniversary of the deaths of her teen daughter and her husband, NBA legend Kobe Bryant, in a helicopter crash in California. Gianna was 13 and Kobe was 41 at the time of the tragedy.
Vanessa, 38 — who is also mom to daughters Natalia, 18, Bianka, 4, and Capri, 19 months — found comfort in the words of Aubrey, one of Gianna's best friends. "I love you Aubz (as my Gigi would call you)," Vanessa wrote. "Thank you so much for beautifully sharing some of your memories of my Gigi with me and allowing me to share them here on my ig."
"My Gigi is INCREDIBLE and I truly appreciate your thoughtful letter," she added. "She loves you so much. I miss my baby girl and Kob-Kob so much, too. I will never understand why/how this tragedy could've happened to such beautiful, kind and amazing human beings. It still doesn't seem real. Kob, we did it right. Gigi, you still make mommy proud. I love you!"
Aubrey poured her heart into the letter. "My mind constantly thinks of your beautiful daughter. Her smile and attitude push me to be better," she wrote. "If I ever become a mom, I hope my daughter turns out exactly as yours did. She was kind, caring, and endlessly polite ... Her love of life is something I will also admire endlessly. She attacked each day as though it was hers to conquer. She would smile and bring the rest of us up with her."
She added that Gianna inspired her and "boosted her confidence" to play basketball, and also praised her friend's kindness. "She knew when I was having a bad day and knew just how to make it better," Aubrey wrote. "She was generous with her snacks when I forgot mine. She left me notes in my notebook that I cherish. She was incredible."
"There are times I get into a pit of despair thinking about her and what she could've accomplished had she had a couple more years," Aubrey continued. "But recently I have been thinking about the mark she did leave on this earth. Her fights for equality in sports made the world reconsider [their] opinions, she along with Mr. Bryant, set the wheels in motion."
The teen also tells Vanessa she "did it right" as a mom. "I am so blessed I got to have time with your angel of a daughter, and thank you for giving me that chance," she concluded. "I love you and am thinking of you as we remember and honor her life."