While time is slowly allowing the shock of the tragedy surrounding the deaths of Kobe Bryant and eight other people to wear off a bit, the sheer sadness over their untimely deaths seems to be just beginning.
On Monday (Feb. 10,) three members of the Altobelli family were mourned during an emotional memorial service that was held at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California. College baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife Keri Altobelli and their daughter Alyssa Altobelli were all on the helicopter that crashed into the California mountainside on January 26, killing everyone aboard.
“We can’t thank everyone here enough,” John’s son J.J. Altobelli said to well-wishers, according to reports. ‘The amount of love and support we’ve received these past few weeks has been truly amazing… It really shows the impact that my dad, ‘K’ and Alyssa had on everyone here… There’s no way for me to put what they meant to me in words.”
Indeed, that feeling of speechlessness was in fact a common theme for many of those mourning the Altobelli’s untimely deaths.
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“I already miss her so much,” a friend of the late teen eulogized. “Her smile, her sarcastic personality and pretty much just everything about her. Alyssa, thank you for eight years of friendship, eight years of laughter and eight years of smiles. I will always do my best to make you proud. I know you’ll be cheering me on. I’ll never forget the memories we had.”
A public memorial for Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna “Gigi” Bryant is scheduled to take place on Feb. 24.