Nike has released a special pair of "Mambacita Sweet 16" shoes to honor Gianna "Gigi" Bryant on what would have been her 16th birthday. The shoes feature a black snakeskin pattern to represent "Gigi's Mambacita Mentality." "The 'Mambacita Sweet 16' is inspired by her resilient spirit and the love she had, not only for the game, but for her family, friends and community. "Part of her legacy is about building a better future for all underserved girls and women in sports, one step at a time." "The Kobe 6 Protro 'Mambacita Sweet 16' honors the legacy that Kobe and Gianna 'Gigi' Bryant built," wrote Nike in a statement announcing the release the release. "One that propelled all generations to continue their quest to be better, for themselves and for the game that unites us all."
The family of Valentina Orellana-Peralta, the 14-year-old fatally struck by an LAPD-fired bullet while shopping for a dress. The family is scheduled to hold a press conference on Tuesday morning. Ms. Orellana-Peralta had only moved to the US six months previously with her mother from Chile when she was shot dead at a Burlington store in North Hollywood on 23 December. The LAPD released 911 audio and body-camera footage from the day of the incident, which started when a 24-year-old man, Daniel Elena-Lopez, began acting erratically and attacking people at the store on 12121 Victory Blvd. The officer fired three rounds from the rifle, shooting dead Elena-Lopez – but a woman’s screams can soon be heard from the dressing room. Valentina had been fatally struck in the chest; the coroner has ruled her death a homicide. LAPD says it is likely that a round ricocheted off the floor and passed through a wall, hitting Valentina in the dressing room.
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