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Vanessa Bryant reveals Gianna Bryant’s middle school retired her number

The decision comes a few weeks after Gianna Bryant’s passing

The city of Los Angeles will host a public memorial service for Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and the seven others who died in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26 in Calabasas. In this photo, former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning pays tribute to Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna at the NFL Honors football award show Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning pays tribute to Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna at the NFL Honors football award show Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
David J. Phillip, Associated Press

Vanessa Bryant revealed Wednesday that the middle school her late daughter Gianna Bryant attended will retire the young girl’s basketball jersey number.

What happened: Vanessa Bryant revealed the school’s decision in an Instagram post.

Vanessa: “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.”

Similar: The University of Connecticut honored Gianna Bryant’s No. 2 jersey in the immediate wake of her death, according to Bleacher Report. The school left one of the seats open before a game against Team USA to honor her, too.

What’s next: As I wrote earlier this week, the bodies of Gianna and Kobe Bryant — along with Payton Chester, 13, Sarah Chester, 45, Alyssa Altobelli, 14, Keri Altobelli, 46, John Altobelli, 56, Christina Mauser, 38 and pilot Ara Zobayan, 50, have been returned to their families.

  • USA Today and MEAWW both said the funeral for the Bryant family will be announced soon.
  • “We don’t have that date finalized, but we’ve been talking every day to the Lakers, and most importantly, to (Bryant’s widow, Vanessa) as well,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti told USA Today.