Kobe Bryant's big sister gets tattoo tribute in honor of late brother and niece
It's been a month since the death of NBA star, Kobe Bryant, but it's clear that the pain of his loss has not yet abated among those nearest and dearest to him.
The basketball legend, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven other people died in a tragic helicopter accident on Sunday, January 26, in the Calabasas Hills in California. News of the incident was met by a national outpouring of grief, and earlier this week, a tribute to the nine victims was held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.Watch Shaquille O'Neal's tearful tribute to Kobe Bryant:
Now a member of Kobe's family has honored his memory in a permanent way. According to a recent report by PEOPLE, Kobe's older sister Sharia Washington Bryant has paid her respects to her younger brother and niece with a new back tattoo.
On Wednesday, Sharia shared a photo of her new inking on her official Instagram account, which features Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna’s jersey numbers, 2 and 24, surrounded by a snake in the shape of an infinity symbol - itself a reference to Bryant’s ''Black Mamba'' nickname.
Upon hearing the news of her brother's unfortunate death, Sharia uploaded a picture of herself and her sibling, along with the caption: "On behalf of our family, we join Vanessa, Natalia, Bianka and Capri in grieving the loss of Kobe and Gianna in such a tragic accident."
She continued: "We are devastated by the loss of our brother, son, our niece and granddaughter, and our hearts go out to all the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday. Our lives are forever changed. Thank you for your prayers, the numerous calls, texts, emails, and cards."
However, Sharia isn't the first person to honor the acclaimed NBA player in this way. Lebron James has also gotten himself a tattoo in honor of Kobe as part of his grieving process.