Cheyenne Yap, Staff Writer
Heartbreak, mourning, sadness, and grief. These were the emotions running through everyone’s minds when thinking about the recent death of Kobe Bryant, and his daughter Gianna.
On Jan. 26, Byrant and his 13- year-old daughter “Gigi” were involved in a fatal helicopter crash that resulted in their deaths, along with seven other passengers.The seven other passengers were Christina Mauser, Payton and Sarah Chester, John, Keri and Alyssa Altobelli, and pilot Ara Zobayan
The 41-year-old former basketball star was taking his daughter to a special basketball event when the tragedy occurred. Millions of people around the world were heartbroken upon hearing the news.
Bryant was one of the greatest basketball players of all time. Impacting lives both on and off the court, he led the Lakers to five NBA championships. Growing up with a love for playing basketball, Bryant joined the NBA directly out of high school, earning his first NBA All-Star title when he was only 19 years old.
Outside of basketball, Bryant established a family and married Vanessa Laine with whom he had four daughters. He put his role as a husband and father before all else.
His daughter also lost her life in the terrible tragedy. At only 13 years of age, she made a big impact on the court as well as her community. She aspired to play for the University of Connecticut when she got older, and was always seen with her father at various basketball events.
Many Saint Martin’s students are taking the news very hard. Freshman, Kaiyle Okada shares, “It is sad because you never know when your last day is going to be. Everything that morning seemed regular. I saw his tweet that day and expected nothing out of it. But hours later he passed away. Experiencing this, I appreciate my life even more every day.”
Senior Drew Arnold also responded to the news, and said, “Kobe was a hero. He was one of the few that seemed like he was immortal. His death was tragic and probably the first death of an icon that hit me hard. Just a sad day for basketball fans everywhere.”
“This tragedy becomes eye opening to many, that anything unexpected can happen to anyone and to be truly grateful for your loved ones. Every second, minute, hour is precious. Anything can happen within the blink of an eye,” said Judy Cabico, a Saint Martin’s track athlete.
Bryant has touched the lives of many people here at Saint Martin’s University along with the rest of the world. He has been an inspiration to all and will forever be in our hearts.