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What can be said here that hasn’t already been said more eloquently by others across the Internet on Sunday?
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Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others were killed Sunday in a helicopter crash in Calabasas. It’s heartbreaking to think about a wife and three daughters who must move forward with their husband/father and sister.
It’s also heartbreaking to think about the others who died in the crash. Orange Coast College confirmed that baseball coach John Altobelli was among the others who died in the crash.
“Coach Altobelli was a giant on our campus — a beloved teacher, coach, colleague and friend. This is a tremendous loss for our campus community,” OCC President Angelica Suarez said in a statement.
Altobelli’s wife, Keri Altobelli, and their 13-year-old daughter, Alyssa, were also among the victims, according to his family.
Christina Mauser, Kobe’s top assistant coach on the travel basketball team, was also killed in the crash.
“My kids and I are devastated,” her husband, Matt Mauser, wrote on Facebook. “We lost our beautiful wife and mom today in a helicopter crash.”
The other victims remain unidentified at the time this newsletter was written.
The Times has dropped its paywall for Kobe-related coverage, so please, rather than read me ramble on about it, check out what we have online:
That’s it for today. Seems a bit trivial to write about who won or lost on a day like today.
Kobe Bryant scores 81 points in a game. Watch it here.