How Kobe Bryant’s Sister Sharia Is Honoring Him After Public Memorial
Days after Kobe Bryant's public memorial, his sister Sharia Washington is paying tribute to him and her niece Gianna.
On Wednesday, Washington posted a pic of her new tattoo, which features Kobe and Gianna's jersey numbers surrounded by a snake in the shape of an infinity symbol.
The snake symbolizes Kobe's famous nickname, "Black Mamba.”
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Sharia thanked tattoo artist Peter Barrios, who wrote on Instagram, “I didn't take my own photo out of respect but today I had the honor of tattooing a memorial tattoo on @shariawash. Thank you for laughing with me today and letting me do this for you. I will never forget our conversations. Much love and respect your family. 🙏🏾.”
At Kobe and Gianna's memorial, Sharia was spotted in the first row with sister Shaya and their parents Pam and Joe Bryant. The family didn't not speak but Shaquille O'Neal made sure to acknowledge them in some way. During his speech, he said, “I could tell you that what filled Kobe's heart with the most pride was his role as a loving husband to Vanessa, daddy to Gigi, Natalia, Bianka and baby Capri, and [being] a loving son and brother. Kobe was a loyal friend and a true renaissance man."
After the memorial, Shaq said, “I want to shout-out Kobe's parents. I was sitting next to them… I have known them for awhile… I want to send my condolences to them. They don't really get mentioned a lot but just want to let you know that if you ever need me, I'll always be there for you. His mom looks so beautiful and his sisters, the nephews and nieces.
Sports commentator Stephen A. Smith also shared his thoughts on Joe and Pamela's attendance, telling ESPN, "It is important to remember that he had a mother and a father and two sisters who lost their son and their brother."
He added, "No matter what went on, whatever tension existed, whatever the case may be, look at Joe Bryant's face when the cameras were on him yesterday. Look at the pain in that man's eyes... his son is gone."
Earlier this month, Sharia and Shaya broke their silence on their little brother's death. In a statement to iOne Digital, they said, “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. 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."
They went on to express gratitude to the public, saying, "Thank you for your prayers, the numerous calls, texts, emails and cards."
“Extra's” Billy Bush recently sat down with Lakers legend Jerry West, who opened up about his family's heartbreak. One of Jerry's sons has been in communication with one of Kobe's sisters since his death. West shared, “His personal family, is just traumatized and devastated, as any family would be.”
Days after Kobe's death, DailyMail.com has obtained photos of Kobe's father Joe Bryant stepping outside of the family home in Las Vegas after a bouquet of flowers was delivered.
A neighbor, who asked to remain anonymous, noted that the Joe and Pamela Bryant's lives have been turned “upside down.” They added, “I talked to them twice yesterday and took over food and a card, and briefly today. They are just devastated, as you can imagine. It's a private, awful moment, losing their son and granddaughter; it's just horrific. I was talking to Joe briefly the day before, we were out for a walk, it was all happy and good and talking about the gorgeous weather, and then it switched in 24 hours where their lives were turned upside down."
Kobe's sisters Shaya and Sharia also live in Las Vegas. The neighbor revealed, “They were here this morning and yesterday. It's a sensitive time. I can't even imagine what they're going through. They are lovely, kind, decent people.”
Weeks ago, NBA legend Tracy McGrady also mentioned Kobe's parents and sisters. While remembering his friend, Tracy told ESPN, “My heart goes out to Vanessa and those girls, Pam and Joe, Shaya and Sharia.”
Tracy shared, “I used to stay at the house with Pam and Joe, Shaya and Sharia… the stories I could tell being in there and watching karate flicks and watching Michael Jordan home videos.”