Vanessa Bryant Thanks People For Protecting Kobe And Gianna Murals During George Floyd Protests

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“They know that Kobe is banned. “

As protests and riots broke out across the country in response to the brutal murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, people carefully protected the murals in their Kobe Bryant neighborhood.

And in a series of photos posted on her Instagram yesterday, Kobe’s wife Vanessa thanked the protesters for continuing to honor her memory during such a difficult time.

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First, she shared images of a Kobe mural recorded in the Fairfax district of Los Angeles:

Then she shared a tweet saying, “They know Kobe is banned”:

Her story included photos of the many murals that have been protected over the past week:

And she expressed her gratitude to the people who left them intact:

Most of these murals by Kobe were painted as memorials after his tragic death in a helicopter accident in January.

Kobe’s tributes often present him alongside his daughters:

Many present her 13-year-old daughter Gianna, who also died in the accident:

And, as Vanessa’s story shows on Instagram, the murals remain a shining place in communities that have been affected by the ongoing fight against police brutality:

Earlier this week, Vanessa publicly expressed support for the Black Lives Matter movement with a poignant image of Kobe in an “I Can’t Breathe” shirt. He wore the shirt in 2014 to honor Eric Garner, who, like George Floyd, was killed by police despite repeated cries that he could not breathe.

To learn more about the death of George Floyd and the national movement against racist police brutality, click here.

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