A huge shock to the system was given to us over the tragic loss of NBA basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old phenom daughter, Gianna.
A huge shock to the system was given to us over the tragic loss of NBA basketball legend, Kobe Bryant, and his 13-year-old phenom daughter, Gianna, who was lovingly known as “Gigi.” They were two of the 9 victims who died in yesterday’s helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, as they were heading to Thousand Oaks, California, for a basketball game. Gianna was expected to play and Bryant was expected to coach.
People all over the country showed their respects to the fallen legend. New York had both the Empire State Building and Madison Square Garden lit up in yellow and purple. Last night’s Grammys paid tribute with a song by Alicia Keys and Boyz II Men singing “It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday” in the house that Kobe built: The Staples Center in L.A. — where fans everywhere are paying tribute. Today, the flags there were lowered half-staff in memorandum.
In a 2015 interview with ESPN, Bryant was asked about his upcoming retirement and how he wanted to be remembered. He reflected on his legacy saying he, “wanted to be remembered as a player that didn’t waste a moment.”
Altogether, there were nine people on board of the helicopter. Here is what we know about the other victims:
John Altobelli: The Orange County College baseball coach was on board to attend the basketball game with his daughter.
Keri Altobelli: The wife of John, she was traveling with her family.
Alyssa Altobelli: The daughter of John, Alyssa was a teammate of Gianna Bryant at the Mamba Academy.
Christina Mauser: An assistant girls basketball coach at a K-8 private school in Orange County.
Sarah and Payton Chester: The mother and daughter duo were also on board.
Ara Zobayan: Kobe’s private pilot flew the chopper during the crash.