Vanessa Bryant took to Instagram on Wednesday to thank everyone who has sent their prayers and offered their support since the untimely death of her husband Kobe, her 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven others on Sunday. Accompanied by a photo of the entire Bryant family, Vanessa spoke on how her, Natalia, Bianka, and Capri will try to move forward in light of such a tragic loss. 

"They were our beautiful blessings taken from us too soon," she wrote. "I’m not sure what our lives hold beyond today, and it’s impossible to imagine life without them. But we wake up each day, trying to keep pushing because Kobe, and our baby girl, Gigi, are shining on us to light the way."  

Vanessa's message comes after people noticed that she unlocked her previously private Instagram account, and changed the profile pic to a photo taken of Kobe and Gigi embracing one another prior to the 2016 NBA All-Star Game in Toronto. 

Kobe and Vanessa had four daughters together: Natalia, 17; Gigi, 13; Bianka, 3; Capri, 7 months. The two got married in 2001. 

The helicopter that carried Kobe and Gianna crashed in Calabasas while they were on their way to Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, California. People reported a source as saying that Vanessa and Kobe made a "deal" not to board a helicopter at the same time in case of an accident. "He and Vanessa had a deal that they would never fly on a helicopter together," the source told the publication. 

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