On Wednesday, Washington shared a photo of her new ink on Instagram. The tattoo 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. The snake is a reference to Bryant’s famous “Black Mamba” nickname.
In her caption, Washington thanked the tattoo artist Peter Barrios for the design.
Washington and her sister, Shaya Tabb, released their first public statement about their brother and niece’s deaths on Jan. 31, five days after both died in a helicopter crash that killed nine people in total. The sisters said that they were “grieving” along with Bryant’s widow, Vanessa, 37, and his daughters Natalia, 17, Bianka, 3, and Capri, 8 months.
“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,” they told iOne Digital in a statement. “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,” the sisters added, before thanking the public for their “prayers, the numerous calls, texts, emails and cards.”
Washington and Tabb were also in attendance at the public memorial in honor of their sibling on Monday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The two were seen sitting next to their parents, Joe and Pamela Bryant, while Vanessa bravely took the stage to give a heartbreaking eulogy for her late husband and daughter Gianna.
During her eulogy, Vanessa shared touching stories of her daughter, who was a budding basketball player with dreams of making it to the WNBA. While she admitted Gianna had many of her father’s attributes and was very much a “daddy’s girl,” the proud mom said she always knew how much “[Gianna] loved her mamma.”
Vanessa also called Bryant “the MVP of girl dads, or MVD,” and spoke about the valuable lessons he left for her and their three surviving daughters.
“God knew they couldn’t be on this earth without each other. He had to bring them home to have them together,” said Vanessa, before telling her late husband, “Babe, you take care of our Gigi. And I got Nani, B.B. and Koko. We’re still the best team. May you both rest in peace and have fun in Heaven until we meet again one day. We love you both and miss you. Forever and always, Mommy.”
Monday’s memorial and celebration of life also honored the seven other victims of the crash: John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, Sarah Chester, Payton Chester, Christina Mauser and pilot Ara Zobayan.