Gianna Bryant’s number has been retired by Harbor Day High School in a sweet tribute by her classmates.
Gianna was killed alongside her father, former Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, in a helicopter crash on January 26.
She was the couple’s second-oldest daughter and had been following in her father’s footsteps as a promising basketball player.
On Tuesday night, her old high school basketball team at Harbor Day High School in California retired her number two jersey in an emotional ceremony in the school gym.
Number two was the basketball jersey number that Gianna wore while she played for Mamba Sports Academy.
Her mother, Vanessa Bryant, marked the occasion by sharing a picture of the event on Instagram alongside a heartfelt tribute to her daughter.
‘My Gianna. God I miss you,’ she said.
‘I’ve been so lucky to have woken up to see your gorgeous face and amazing smile for 13 years. Wish it would’ve been until my last breath.
‘Mommy loves you to the moon and back. Infinity plus 1.
‘My Gigi. I love you! I miss you. You’ve taught us all that no act of kindness is ever too small.
‘Mommy is still and will ALWAYS be so proud of you mamacita.’
It comes after a massive memorial created by the public outside Staples Center after the death of former Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant was being dismantled Monday, with an official saying some of the items would go to Bryant’s wife Vanessa and other family members.
The cleanup of flowers, balloons, jerseys, stuffed toys and basketballs began at 4 am, Staples Center President Lee Zeidman tweeted. A fence was erected around the site to keep the cleanup out of public view.
Fans spontaneously began creating the memorial in a plaza outside the arena as word surfaced that Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven other people were killed Jan. 26 in a helicopter crash in suburban Calabasas.
The memorial kept growing for a week. Personal messages were written on many of the items.