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Kobe first met Vanessa Urbieta Cornejo Laine on the set of a music video in 1999, when he was 20 and she was just 17 and still in high school. “She’d bring pictures of Kobe to school and we’d be like, ‘Omygod,’ ” Vanessa’s classmate Monica Squadrilli told the Los Angeles Times in 2005.

Kobe & Vanessa Bryant Through the Years

The couple had been married for 19 years before the basketball icon died on Jan. 26, 2020