Nine people, including Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, were killed when Kobe’s helicopter crashed into a hillside outside Los Angeles on Sunday. Even though some of the names might not have been famous to the world but their lives were equally precious and they touched lives of those around them. Families have lost fathers, mothers, daughters and sons. The fact that some of these parents were accompanying their daughters to the game just gives a whole lot meaning to parenting. May they rest in peace and their families be comforted by the beautiful memories of moments spent together.
Father, Mother, Daughter
A baseball coach John Altobelli; his wife, Keri; and their daughter, Alyssa, died in the crash, the school said in a statement on Sunday.
Alyssa and Gianna played together on the AAU basketball team coached by Kobe Bryant, reported on yahoo sports. The group was reportedly headed to Bryant’s Mamba Sports Academy for a tournament.
John and Keri Altobelli are survived by a daughter, Alexis, and a son, Red Sox scout J.J. Altobelli, according to Y-Sports.
Sarah Chester, Payton Chester (Mother and Daughter)
Sarah Chester and her daughter, Payton Chester, a middle school student, were also killed in the crash, reported CBS News.
“While the world mourns the loss of a dynamic athlete and humanitarian, I mourn the loss of two people just as important,” Schmidt wrote. “Their impact was just as meaningful, their loss will be just as keenly felt, and our hearts are just as broken.”
Christina Mauser(Mother/ wife)
Christina Mauser was the top assistant coach of the Mamba basketball team that included Gianna Bryant and Alyssa Altobelli, reported the Los Angeles Times. She also was a basketball coach at Harbor Day School in Corona del Mar, roughly 40 miles south of Los Angeles.
Her husband, Matt Mauser, confirmed her death in a Facebook post on Sunday.
“My kids and I are devastated,” Mauser wrote. “We lost our beautiful wife and mom today in a helicopter crash. Please respect our privacy. Thank you for all the well wishes they mean so much.”
He also spoke in a telephone interview on youtube channel TODAY. His voice when describing his wife just melts even the hardest of hearts. He said he is trying to hold up with the 3 kids left and he was scared of the future. Peace to this family.
Bryant’s private pilot Ara Zobayan was flying the helicopter when it crashed, reported multiple outlets. He was an instrument-rated pilot and was qualified to fly in fog, reported Fox 5 San Diego.
Zobayan’s friend Jared Yochim mourned the loss on Facebook, recalling him as an “incredible pilot ... and truly great man” who was “always cool, calm and collected.”