All Victims In Fatal Kobe Bryant Helicopter Crash Identified
All nine victims of the helicopter crash that killed NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna have been identified.
Bryant, Gianna and seven others were killed Sunday when their helicopter crashed into a hillside in dense fog in Calabasas, California.
In addition to the basketball legend and his daughter, the victims included a highly-regarded baseball coach and three young athletes.
John Altobelli was the head baseball coach at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa. His wife Keri and their daughter Alyssa were also on board.
CBS Boston reports Altobelli was a former coach of the Brewster Whitecaps on Cape Cod. He also managed players who eventually made the big leagues, including Yankees slugger Aaron Judge.
Alyssa Altobelli played on the same basketball team as Gianna. In November Bryant posted a video to Instagram praising Altobelli's defense in a game.
The husband of Christina Mauser posted on Facebook that she died in the helicopter crash. Mauser was a basketball coach at Harbor Day School in Newport Beach, where Kobe's daughter attended school.
"I got three small kids, and I'm trying to figure out how to navigate life with three kids and no mom," Mauser told the Today Show.
Mauser said both he and his wife were close with Bryant. "He saw what an amazing mind [Christina] had for basketball," Mauser said. "She was an amazing mind of defense for basketball, so he brought her on. They called her the mother of defense, 'MOD.'"
Sarah Chester and her middle school aged daughter Payton were on also on board. Payton was a teammate of Gianna's.
The helicopter was piloted by Ara Zobayan. According to the FAA, he received his commercial pilot certificate in 2007.
The were on their way to a basketball game when the chopper -- which was flying in foggy conditions considered dangerous enough that local police agencies grounded their choppers -- went down.
The helicopter's flight path shows it going from Orange County to the San Fernando Valley and then hovering over the Glendale area as it waited for clearance to travel through the Valley to Calabasas.
The tracking ends at the crash site in Calabasas.