Kobe Bryant's sister Sharia Washington's recent throwback photo of her late brother and his daughter, Gianna Bryant, is stirring the emotions of fans, who are continuing to mourn the loss of the nine lives taken in the fatal January helicopter crash. After Washington took to Instagram last week with the images – one showing herself, Gianna, and Bryant's eldest daughter, Natalia, and a second showing Bryant as a child – fans flooded the comments section with more tributes and prayers for the family.
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Washington shared the images with the simple caption "TBT." It marked just the latest in a string of tributes she has shared since her brother and niece's deaths in the helicopter crash, which occurred on the morning of Jan. 26. In a more permanent tribute, Washington also tattooed Bryant's number 24 and Gianna's number 2, encircled by a black mamba, on her back.
Keep scrolling to see how fans are reacting to the post.
"God bless you and your family! Kobe and Gigi's spirit lives FOREVER," wrote one fan alongside a praying hands emoji and a series of purple and yellow heart emojis in tribute of the Loos Angeles Lakers colors.
"May God keep healing you all," commented another person.
"GiGi and Kobe smile bright up the room I still can't believe it but God haves two beautiful Angels," added another fan.prevnext
"Praying for your family," added somebody else. "May God strengthen you all."
"So sweet," wrote another person. "Thank u for sharing. This is on my heart and mind daily. It hit hard for so many. My sincere condolences, I cannot imagine the heavy hearted energy his family has."
"Going to miss your brother!" shared a follower. "One of a Kind legend!!! Lakers will never be the same in my eyes! KOBE RIP brother!"prevnext
"You are truly in my thoughts and prayers!" began one fan in a lengthy reply. "My heart goes out to you, your children, your parents, your sister, her children, and your extended family. The entire world feels as if we lost family members. But I am so very sorry for your loss! You are not alone. You and the rest of the Bryant family are just as loved and respected as Kobe and Gigi!"
"Thank you so much for sharing your precious pics of Gigi and pics of young Kobe with you and your sister! The pics of young Kobe warm my heart!" the commenter continued "May God bless you, strengthen you, comfort you, and fill your heart with so much love and joy of the priceless memories of your beautiful niece and your beloved brother, K O B E!"prevnext
"Thanks for sharing these wonderful family photos that are so personal and dear to you," commented one of Washington's followers. "Such an unimaginable tragedy, it still doesn't seem real. My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family."
"My heart goes out to you ..your sis.. mom..dad..and Kobes babies," wrote another. "I couldn't imagine how you guys are feeling.. praying for your continued strength."
"Such a tragic loss for your family. I am so very sorry," added another fan alongside a string of broken heart emojis.prevnext
"Continuing to send you and your families prayers and strength everyday," added one person.
"Thanks for sharing these photos of the young Kobe… For me, Kobe was so much more than a great basketball player, husband & father. I am so grateful that in his short life he left a legacy that will inspire and teach millions what passion, self-determination, hard work & commitment can accomplish," shared somebody else "Hope and pray that each of you feel every ounce of love that has been expressed for Kobe, and find comfort in knowing that you all were instrumental in building the foundation of that amazing man."
"Sending love and light to you and your family," commented another. "May God bless and keep you."prevnext
"Awww love the love, & the Auntie, Sister, Family Love!" added one person. "Thanks for sharing! I pray for God's covering & Blessings for you & your Mom, Dad & Family. Hold on to His unchanging hand."
"Thank you for being there for Vanessa," commented one. "I'm sure your brother would love you even more for comforting her in her time of need."
"My deepest condolences for your family praying for you all," shared another.prevnext
"Breaks my heart so much for you," commented another person. "Can't imagine how this loss for you."0comments
"Thank you so much 4 sharing," wrote somebody else. "God Bless Kobe and Gianna always, prayers 4 your entire family. Sending all our love and support, their beautiful spirits live on..."
"Sorry for your loss sister [praying hands emoji]," added another fan. "Praying for you and your sister mom and dad. Y'all are loved."prev