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One Year Later: Remembering Kobe and Gigi Bryant, others

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Kobe and Gigi Bryant and everybody else aboard the helicopter had been killed immediately within the crash on Jan. 26, 2020.

WASHINGTON — It’s been a 12 months since Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and 7 others died in a helicopter crash in Southern California on Jan. 26, 2020.

They had been on their option to a basketball event on a Sunday morning. Bryant, Gigi — that’s what most known as his daughter — and everybody else aboard the helicopter had been killed immediately within the crash, officers mentioned.

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Bryant, 41, gained 5 championships in his 20 NBA seasons, all with the Los Angeles Lakers. He was a Grammy winner. He was a best-selling creator of youngsters’s books. He’ll quickly be formally enshrined as a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Corridor of Fame. 

Figuring out that the anniversary of Bryant’s loss of life shall be emotional for everybody, Lakers coach Frank Vogel is giving his gamers the break day to permit them to higher handle their grief and honor their late teammate Bryant “how they see match.”

“It is not a day remembrance like his birthday,” Vogel mentioned. “It is extra of a somber-tone-type-of-day.”

The Lakers are spending the night time in Cleveland earlier than flying to Philadelphia — Bryant’s hometown — on Tuesday. They play the 76ers on Wednesday.

“God relaxation his soul, God relaxation the soul of Gigi and the seven others that perished,” mentioned Miami assistant coach and former NBA participant Caron Butler, who was shut with Bryant for years. “The legacy that he left, man, he did all of it. He impressed. When you consider being higher, embracing the storm, having the correct mentality and perspective about life and all the time making an attempt to be higher, he embodied all of it and that’s why his legacy will stay perpetually.”

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Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna was the second oldest of his 4 daughters. Bryant described his daughter as “one thing else” in an interview with the Los Angeles Instances and mentioned she was decided to play for the WNBA at some point.

The opposite victims within the crash had been John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, Sarah Chester, Payton Chester, Ara Zobayan and Christina Mauser.

John Altobelli was a baseball coach at Orange Coast Faculty. His brother, Troy, who’s the sports activities info director on the school, confirmed Altobelli was one of many victims on board. Altobelli’s spouse, Keri, and daughter Alyssa had been additionally on board. Alyssa performed on the identical basketball staff as Bryant’s daughter Gianna. 

Christina Mauser was a women’ basketball coach.

Ara Zobayan was piloting the helicopter on the time of the crash. Considered one of his college students, Darren Kemp, advised the Los Angeles Instances Zobayan was a devoted and caring teacher.

Sarah Chester and her daughter Payton Chester had been additionally on the helicopter on the time. Todd Schmidt, a former principal on the elementary College Payton attended, Harbor View Elementary mentioned the Chesters had been “engaged, supportive, encouraging, and stuffed with mischief and laughter” in a Fb publish.

Vanessa Bryant, Kobe’s spouse and Gigi’s mother, posted on Instagram Tuesday exhibiting a letter written by Gigi’s finest pal Aubrey.

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“Thanks a lot for fantastically sharing a few of your recollections of my Gigi with me and permitting me to share them right here on my IG,” Bryant mentioned within the publish’s caption. “My Gigi is INCREDIBLE and I actually admire your considerate letter. She loves you a lot.”

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