LOS ANGELES – While basketball and hockey teams have been having public ceremonies to honor Kobe Bryant, it seems that a public memorial service for the Lakers legend may not happen for a few more weeks.
Sources tell CNN that the service won’t be happening in the immediate future, although the reasoning isn’t completely clear yet.
The memorial is “probably not for at least two weeks, maybe longer,” a source with the Los Angeles Exposition Park sports complex said.
Another source inside Los Angeles’ sports venues described the timing as “hearing weeks.”
The sources didn’t provide reasons for the timing, but indicated that the availability of large venues — as well as other previously scheduled sports and entertainment events — are factors.
The outlet also noted that the company that owns helicopter involved in the crash that killed Bryant and eight others has suspended operations.
“All services (regular and charter) were immediately suspended following the tragic accident on Sunday, January 26,” the company said in a statement Thursday.
“The shock of the accident affected all staff, and management decided that service would be suspended until such time as it was deemed appropriate for staff and customers,” they added.
Kob’s wife, Vanessa, posted her first public comments about the tragedy on her Instagram account on Wednesday.
“My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time,” Vanessa began her post. “Thank you for all the prayers. We definitely need them. We are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe — the amazing father of our children; and my beautiful, sweet Gianna — a loving, thoughtful, and wonderful daughter, and amazing sister to Natalia, Bianka, and Capri.”
She continued, “We are also devastated for the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday, and we share in their grief intimately. There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now. I take comfort in knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were so deeply loved. We were so incredibly blessed to have them in our lives. I wish they were here with us forever. They were our beautiful blessings taken from us too soon.”