Victims of helicopter crash identified

Nine people, including Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, were killed when the basketball legend’s helicopter crashed into a hillside outside Los Angeles on Sunday.

Officials on Monday were still working to determine what caused the fatal crash. The Sikorsky S-76 aircraft went down in foggy conditions that prompted local police agencies to ground their helicopters around the same time.

Though authorities had not yet publicly identified crash victims as of Monday morning, some relatives and community members had begun to confirm their loved ones’ deaths. 

Along with Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, here are the victims of the crash:

John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli

Orange Coast College 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 Bryant, reported The Houston Chronicle. 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, reported the Chronicle.

Christina Mauser

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.” 

Sarah Chester, Payton Chester

Sarah Chester and her daughter, Payton Chester, a middle school student, were also killed in the crash, reported ESPN and CBS News.

“Rest in Peace to the most amazing Mother and sister,” Riley Chester wrote in an Instagram post Sunday that has since been deleted. “I love you Pay Pay and Mom RIP.”

Riley Chester / Instagram

Ara Zobayan

Bryant’s private pilot Ara Zobayan was flying the helicopter when it crashed, reported multipleoutlets. He was an instrument-rated pilot and was qualified to fly in fog, reported Fox 5 San Diego.

 

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