In a post uploaded to Instagram, Ayesha, 30, shared a photo of Kobe and Gianna smiling. “Dear Lord, please cover Vanessa and her family,” she began. “Sending infinite prayers. My heart aches for her and the girls. I’ve written and deleted 100 times today. I have no words and they’re never going to come out the way I want them to. Praying for peace and protection over this family and other families involved. Rest In Peace and power, Gigi and Kobe.”
The Seasoned Life author also took her thoughts to her Instagram Stories.
“Feeling such hope tonight. When women get together to praise the Lord and pray for one another that’s magic, that’s powerful, that’s family, that’s grace, that’s unity, that’s love. Grateful for our tribe of fearless believers.”
On Sunday, January 26, Kobe and Gianna were among several other victims that were killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. In addition to Vanessa, 37, Kobe is also survived by his three daughters – Capri, Natalia and Bianka.
In honor of his basketball accomplishments, the late 41-year-old will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame alongside the class of 2020.
“For 20 seasons, Kobe showed us what is possible when remarkable talent blends with an absolute devotion to winning. He was one of the most extraordinary players in the history of our game with accomplishments that are legendary, but he will be remembered most for inspiring people around the world to pick up a basketball and compete to the very best of their ability,” NBA commissioner, Adam Silver, said in a statement.