How Kobe Bryant memorial can help wife Vanessa, others with grieving

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Kobe Bryant’s wife, Vanessa Laine Bryant, is half-Mexican and Kobe would often do full interviews in Spanish.

USA TODAY

LOS ANGELES — Four weeks after Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna died in a helicopter crash, the scope of the tragedy’s impact has become clear.

Millions of people around the world have used social media to express shock and sadness.

Tens of thousands of people have flocked to Staples Center to pay their respects where Bryant starred for the Los Angeles Lakers during a 20-year career that included five NBA championships.

And on Monday, about 20,000 people are expected to fill Staples Center for a memorial service that will start at 1 p.m. ET and be televised live in Southern California. The crowd might include a mourner whose grief is incomparable.

While the world has lost a legendary basketball player, Vanessa Bryant has lost her husband and a teenage daughter. She has yet to make a public appearance since the Jan. 26 crash that killed Kobe Bryant, Gianna (who was affectionately known as “Gigi”) and seven other people, friends and family members en route to an AAU game, along with pilot Ara Zobayan.

At 37,…

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