The Others Killed When Kobe's Helicopter Went Down

7 others died in Calabasas crash
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 27, 2020 12:42 PM CST
Orange Coast College students and friends of baseball coach John Altobelli lay flowers at home plate at the Orange Coast College baseball field in Costa Mesa on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020.   (Leonard Ortiz/The Orange County Register via AP)
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(Newser) – Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were just two of the nine people who died Sunday when the helicopter they were riding in went down in the hills just outside Los Angeles, killing everyone on board, as it was en route to a basketball tournament at Bryant's Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks. The seven others who lost their lives, per the New York Times, CNN, Today, NBC Los Angeles, and CBS Los Angeles:

  • John Altobelli, 56, his wife Keri, and their daughter Alyssa: John had coached baseball at a Costa Mesa junior college, Orange Coast College, for 28 years; his daughter was a teammate of Gianna's. "John was a tremendous coach and an even better friend," the college's athletic director says. "Beyond that, he was an amazing mentor to all of the students and athletes that he taught and coached. He treated them all like family and his impact will live on forever." Alyssa's uncle says she was an "unbelievable basketball player, kind of moving up the ranks a little bit." The family is survived by another daughter and a son.

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