Pilot Ara Zobayan was among the nine people killed in the crash.
Michael Jordan Remembers 'Little Brother' Kobe Bryant At Public Memorial: 'He Left It All On The Floor'
"When Kobe Bryant died, a piece of me died," he added.
"We're still the best team," she added during a public memorial Monday.
Vanessa Bryant Remembers Her Late Daughter Gianna: 'She Was Daddy's Girl, But I Know She Loved Her Momma'
The 13-year-old basketball phenom was remembered during a public memorial service Monday.
“I’m here because I love Kobe and this was one of his favorite songs," she told the crowd.
Starting at 1 p.m. ET, watch the memorial live on ESSENCE.
The tribute opened with an empty basketball court onstage and featured highlights from the late NBA superstar's career.
“Because there is no #24 without #2," wrote Vanessa Bryant on Instagram.
The performance will also honor Bryant's daughter Gianna and the seven other victims lost in January's helicopter crash.
The rapper claimed that he was "raised better," than the choice he made.
The rapper said a talk with his mom convinced him that his reaction to King asking about Kobe Bryant's rape case during her interview with Lisa Leslie was an overreaction.
The storied Black writer made an Instagram post about King, whom he describes as "instrumental."
The public memorial is set for February 24 in Los Angeles.
"God I wish they were here and this nightmare would be over," says the grieving mother.
The treatment of Gayle King over the last 48 hours is a case study in the inability to critique Black women without tearing them down in the process.
The memorial for the Bryants and those lost in last month's helicopter crash is set to take place February 24 at the Staples Center.
Through her pain, Kobe Bryant's wife of 19 years is doing her best to keep her family's memory alive.