Husband, wife and daughter John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli and Alyssa Altobelli died with Kobe Bryant, daughter Gianna, coach Christina Mauser, three others

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

A college baseball coach John Altobelli, his daughter Alyssa Altobelli and wife Keri Altobelli were among those killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday along with Basketball legend Kobe Bryant and 13-year old daughter Gianna Onore, a girls’ basketball coach Christina Mauser, pilot Ara Zobayan, mother and daughter Sarah Chester and Payton Chester

Helicopter crash victims

Altobelli had three children, according to his profile on Orange Coast College’s website. Son J.J., a baseball scout for the Boston Red Sox, daughter Alexis, and daughter Alyssa who died along with him and his wife. Alyssa was a teammate of Gigi on their Mamba Academy basketball team.

Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna
Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna

Christina Mauser, a girls’ basketball coach was also killed in the crash on Sunday.

Mauser worked at a private school in Orange County, California. She was among nine people killed when their helicopter crashed in Calabasas, according to Costa Mesa mayor Katrina Foley.

“My kids and I are devastated,” Christina’s husband, Matt Mauser, wrote on Facebook.

“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.”

The Sikorsky S-76 crashed in the hills of Calabasas around 10 a.m. local time, killing everyone on board.

Kobe Bryant in 2010. (Toni L. Sandys/The Post)
Kobe Bryant in 2010. (Toni L. Sandys/The Post)

Many people in the United States and around the world, including friends, fans and relatives of the victims have continued to mourn them.

In a heartbreaking interview on CNN, Matt Mauser, the husband of Christina Mauser, one of the nine victims killed in the helicopter crash that included basketball legend Kobe Bryant, talked with Anderson Cooper about her life and what she meant to him.

Simon Ateba

Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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