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2/24 means a lot to Vanessa Bryant. It is a combination of both her daughter Gianna’s jersey number (2) and her husband Kobe’s jersey (24). It was also the day of the “Celebration of Life” ceremony at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. But there was another monumental occurrence that 2/24 will forever be remembered for.

This is the day that Vanessa filed a lawsuit against Island Express, the company that hired the pilot that manned the helicopter that crashed and killed her family members.

She claimed that Island Express allowed the ‘coper to fly, even while conditions were not safe. The pilot knew (or should have known) before that the weather was not good for the travel, as it was reported that “blinding” fog was a factor in the accident.


The grieving widow alleges that in addition to the weather conditions, Ara George Zobayan, was flying 80 miles an hour. The lawsuit further reports that he did not steer clear of “natural obstacles,” probably due to the blinding fog. She also notes that Zobayan was had been disciplined in 2015 when he violated a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) policy.

While how much she is suing for is unknown, the lawsuit states that she is asking for damages for “pre-impact” terror her husband and daughter must have experienced in their final moments alive, loss of love, affection, care, society, service, comfort, support, right to support, companionship, solace or moral support and expectations of future support, counseling and the payment for the burial and funeral.

Heartbreaking. Prayers up to her family.