Vanessa Bryant pays tribute to her husband Kobe and her 13-year-old daughter Gianna, who were both killed January 26 in a tragic helicopter accident.
Wednesday on Instagram, tattoo artist Nikko Hurtado reposted videos from Vanessa showing that the 38-year-old got two tattoos — one on her wrist and one on her neck — honoring her late family members.
“Shoutout to @nikkohurtado for coming over and helping me get my Gigi’s sweet message transferred on me,” Vanessa captioned the throwback video, shot in February, of her new wrist ink.
For her neck, Vanessa “wanted my boo boo’s @kobebryant’ sweet message transferred on me.”
Though it is unclear what the two tattoos say, it is evident that they hold special meanings to Vanessa.
Earlier this week, court documents obtained by “E! News” reveal that Vanessa is seeking “economic damages, non-economic damages, prejudgment interest, punitive damages, and other relief as the Court deems just and proper” from her wrongful death suit — filed in February — against the owner and the pilot of the helicopter that crashed, killing Kobe and Gianna.
“Although the total specific amount of personal injury damages that Plaintiff seeks is TBD, Kobe Bryant’s future lost earnings equals hundreds of millions of dollars,” the legal papers stated.
In May, Island Express Helicopters Inc., the owners of the helicopter, responded to Vanessa’s lawsuit claiming that both Kobe and Gianna “voluntarily assumed the risk of the accident” when they boarded the chopper on the day of their deaths.
That same month, Berge Zobayan — the brother of Ara Zobayan, the deceased pilot of the helicopter — issued a response, claiming that the passengers were at fault because of their “knowing and voluntary encounter with the risks involved.”
The surviving family members of college baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife Keri, and their 14-year-old daughter Alyssa, as well as girls basketball coach Christina Mauser, filed separate wrongful death suits against Island Express in April.
The crash also killed Sarah Chester and her 13-year-old daughter Payton.