One of the people who saw Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna moments before they died has spoken out.
Their Bishop has penned a heartwarming message to the two showering them with praise.
On the fateful day, Kobe and the daughter attended mass at 7 am and received Communion at the Cathedral of Our Lady Queen of the Angels in Newport Beach before flying off.
They were headed to the teen’s basketball tournament.
They boarded the Sikorsky S-76B with the other occupants at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana at 9:06 a.m.
Less than 50 minutes later they were no more. The chopper crashed in the hilly terrain of Calabasas due to heavy fog.
Bishop Timothy Freyer, of Bryant’s Diocese, mourned the nine fatalities in a heartfelt Facebook post on Monday.
Freyer also called Bryant “a committed Catholic who loved his family and loved his faith.”
At Mass, the NBA icon would keep a low profile by sitting “in the back of the church so that his presence would not distract people from focusing on Christ’s Presence,” Freyer wrote.
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