Nation In Mourning Over Sudden Death Of NBA Star Kobe Bryant, Daughter And Friends

Since the helicopter crash in Calabasas, CA on Sunday, Jan. 26, claimed the lives of the nine people, many have come forth with heart-wrenching stories, tributes and salutations, honoring those that were lost.

Those that were taken on that day were:

  • Christina Mauser, 38
  • John Altobelli, 56
  • Keri Altobelli, 46
  • Alyssa Altobelli, 13
  • Sara Chester, 45
  • Payton Chester, 13
  • Ara Zobayan, 50
  • Gianna Bryant, 13
  • Kobe Bryant, 41

In a Instagram post, Vanessa Bryant, Kobe’s wife and Gianna’s mother, wrote, “My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time. Thank you for all the prayers. We definitely need them. We are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe—the amazing father of our children; and my beautiful, sweet Gianna—a loving, thoughtful, and wonderful daughter, and amazing sister to Natalia, Bianka, and Capri. We are also devastated for the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday, and we share in their grief intimately.”

In the same post she announced that the Mamba Sports Foundation has set up a fund to support the other families affected by the tragedy. You can donate to the fund by going to

The scouting director of the Boston Red Sox, Paul Toboni also set up a fund for the Altobelli family. J.J. Altobelli, the son and stepson of John and Keri and brother to Alyssa, is a scout for the Red Sox. The GoFundMe has raised $280,055 as of publication for the family, with a goal of $500,000. You can donate to the fund by going to

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Marco Schaden
Marco Schaden is the editor of Manhasset Press.

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