"Arrayah was the apple of my eye, and my heart will forever be with hers," the heartbroken mother wrote.
The wife of Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Shaquil Barrett is paying tribute to their late daughter. The athlete's wife Jordanna Barrett revealed over the weekend that she had received a tattoo in memory of their 2-year-old daughter Arrayah, who drowned on April 30 at the couple's Tampa Bay home, per PEOPLE. The name of their youngest kid, "Arrayah" along with the word "Sunshine", as well as a set of angel wings and a halo, are all inked on Jordanna's inner wrist.
"I miss you so much, my girl. My heart is so shattered," Jordanna wrote on her Instagram Story posted in her memory along with an image of the tattoo. Jordanna also thanked everyone who has reached out to the family through this unfathomable time in a post she published on Instagram last week regarding the terrible news. The post dedicated to the young parted soul reads, "Thank you all for all the messages, flowers, thoughts and prayers. Our world will never be the same," along with an adorable picture of Arrayah and thank-yous to people around her who supported her. "Arrayah was the apple of my eye, and my heart will forever be with hers. I love you so much, my baby. I am so, so sorry. Until we see each other again, please watch over your siblings and momma and dada," she wrote.
"We love you forever and ever and always. I can't wait to see that precious smile again and just hug you so close. I wish we had more time. I love you," the bereaved mum of the 2-year-old added. Jordanna also sent a link to Arrayah's obituary, in which it was noted that the young girl had a "sparkle in her eyes that drew your attention." She had such a sweet and alluring personality.
On May 7, Jordanna shared a series of videos of her baby on Instagram. "I miss your laugh. I miss your smile. I miss your hugs, I miss your mommas. I miss everything about you," Jordanna captioned the videos which show the baby smiling and laughing.
Arrayah had just turned two on April 19 when she passed away. Shaquil posted a tribute on Instagram with a picture of the child wearing a pink tutu, that was captioned, "Happy 2nd bday to my cutie girl. So sweet and cute. You made our family complete. I love you baby girl😘😘"
The news of the little girl’s passing away shocked the people and fans of the couple who sent their wishes for the parted soul and prayed for strength for the grieving couple. The obituary of the 2-year-old reads, “Arrayah’s smile brought so much joy to anyone who encountered her. Everybody knew that Arrayah had her daddy wrapped around her finger and was the sunshine in her mama’s eyes. There was something about that sweet and sassy voice that just made your heart sing. Arrayah’s energy was unmatched. She loved to sing. She loved to laugh.”
“She was SO smart. Arrayah Barrett had HER way with everyone. There was a sparkle in her eyes that drew your attention. Her endearing nature was so kind and magnetic,” it continued to add about the charms and wits of the little one who lost her life in an unforeseen incident.
Cover Image Source: Instagram | Jordanna Barrett