Vanessa Bryant Celebrates Daughter Capri Kobe's 1st Birthday: 'Named After Her Dearly Missed Daddy'



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Kobe, 41, died on Jan. 26 alongside his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. Since the tragedy, the family has marked several milestones without their late loved ones, including what would have been Gigi's 14th birthday on May 1.

"Happy 14th Birthday Gigi! ❤️" Natalia wrote on Instagram at the time. "I miss your smile everyday but I know you’re always smiling down on us from heaven with daddy. I LOVE YOU. 👼."

Vanessa also marked her own birthday on May 5, with her daughters throwing a sweet celebration for their mom. Natalia gifted her a birthday card, in which she wrote, "You are strongest person I know and I am so grateful to have you as my mom!"

Mother's Day was another bittersweet day without Kobe and Gianna. Vanessa commemorated the holiday by staying at home with her girls.

The sisters gave their matriarch a special book, titled Why I Love My Mom. "I love you so much @nataliabryant, Gianna, Bianka and Capri! Thank you!" Vanessa wrote on her Instagram Story.

The month of May also saw the graduation of Gianna's eighth-grade class, which Vanessa marked with a touching photo and congratulatory message: "Congratulations on your 8th grade graduation Gigi. I love you forever and always. I’m so proud of you. ❤️, Mommy #classof2020," she captioned the photo of the middle school diploma covered in white flowers.

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