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Vanessa Bryant Pays Tribute To 'My Gigi' Ahead Of Public Memorial

Vanessa Bryant shares Gianna tattoo tribute

Vanessa Bryant is thinking of her daughter Gianna ahead of the public Celebration of Life service being held at the Los Angeles Staples Center on Monday.

Late Sunday night, she took to Instagram to share a tattoo of the number two family friend Sydney Leroux Dwyer got to honor the 13-year-old aspiring basketball star following her tragic passing in the helicopter crash, which also killed Kobe Bryant and seven others. As fans know, 2 was Gigi’s basketball jersey number, and Sydney shares the same number on the soccer field.

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Vanessa captioned the post, writing:

“#2 ❤️,Leroux. Thank you for honoring my Gigi. I love you @sydneyleroux”

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Vanessa Bryant shares tattoo Sydney Leroux received to honor Gianna
Honoring Mambacita. / (c) Vanessa Bryant/Instagram

It must mean so much to this momma to know the impact her family had on their loved ones.

Soccer star Sydney has been close to the Bryant family and shared touching tributes to both the NBA legend and his daughter after their passing last month. Posting a picture of Kobe and Gianna sitting courtside at a game, she wrote:

“Gigi you were a star. Your dad told me that you were going to be better than he was. You had the gift no matter what you were playing. I know you’ll be looking down on your mom and your sisters with your big smile while shooting hoops with your dad, doing what you both love. 2 will always be ours.
Kobe – thank you for allowing me in to your beautiful family. Thank you for believing in me. Being there for me during the good times and the tough ones. For your crazy book recommendations and your quotes. For helping me write. For teaching me to never soften for anybody. For teaching me about the darkness and the light and the villains becoming the heroes. I won’t forget any of it. I’ll miss you.”

Mourning her friend in another upload earlier this month, Sydney penned:

“I’m not sure I’ve ever cried in front of my kids but last week I couldn’t help it. I held them close. One on each lap. My hands were full but my heart wasn’t. Cassius looked at me and sang the ABC’s to me because that’s what I do with Roux when she cries. You think you have all of this time with people and then you don’t. And it really really hurts and then you’re okay. And you’re only okay because you forgot that it’s real for a minute. It comes in these huge waves and I haven’t learned how to swim through them yet. But I look back and I remember when the going was tough; what he said to me… ‘Figure it out. No other option.’ And so I will. So we will.”

We’re wishing their loved ones strength during this difficult time as they continue to grieve the losses of Kobe, Gianna, and the other passengers, John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, Christina Mauser, Payton Chester, Sarah Chester, and Ara Zobayan.

[Image via Vanessa Bryant/Instagram]

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Feb 24, 2020 06:50am PDT