Kobe Bryant’s sisters Shaya Tabb and Sharia Washington spoke out for the first time since the horrific accident that killed their brother, niece and seven (7) other souls.

Kobe Bryant, Sharia Washington, Shaya Tabb

Source: personal photos from Sharia Washington / Sharia Washinton

The sisters released a statement following the deaths of their brother and niece. In an Instagram post the siblings said the following:

On behalf of our family, we join Vanessa, Natalia, Bianka and Capri in grieving the loss of Kobe and Gianna in such a tragic accident. We are devastated by the loss of our brother, son, our niece and granddaughter, and our hearts go out to all the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday. Our lives are forever changed.

Thank you for your prayers, the numerous calls, texts, emails and cards.

Please visit MambaOnThree.org to support the families affected by Sunday’s tragedy and to honor Kobe and Gianna’s legacy, please visit: MambaSportsFoundation.org #Mambacita #Mamba #Family #GirlsDad

⁃Sharia Washington and Shaya Tabb

2011 NBA All-Star Game

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Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, and seven others died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on January, 26, 2020. Upon hearing the devastating news, Sharia and Shaya paid a visit to their parents, Joe and Pam Bryant, who live in Las Vegas.

Kobe Bryant, Sharia Washington, Shaya Tabb

Source: personal photos from Sharia Washington / Sharia Washinton

Arrangements for Kobe and Gianna’s funeral had not been announced as of Friday morning. Above is a family picture of from left: Kobe Bryant, his mother Pam Bryant, his father Joe “Jellybean” Bryant.

Scroll down to see some family pictures that Sharia Bryant shared exclusively:

Kobe Bryant, Sharia Washington, Shaya Tabb

Source: personal photos from Sharia Washington / Sharia Washington

From left: Sharia Washington, Pam Bryant, Shaya Tabb, Joe Bryant and Kobe Bryant pose at Shaya Tabb’s wedding.

Kobe Bryant, Sharia Washington, Shaya Tabb

Source: personal photos from Sharia Washington / Sharia Washington

Sharia Washington’s children are shown with Kobe Bryant’s daughters.

Kobe Bryant, Sharia Washington, Shaya Tabb

Source: personal photos from Sharia Washington / Sharia Washington

Shaya Tabb’s children are shown with Kobe Bryant’s daughters.

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