On Sunday morning January 26th,
Kobe Bryant, 41, his 13 year old daughter Gianna & 7 others were killed in a tragic helicopter crash near Calabasas California.
The helicopter departed from John Wayne Airport at 9:06 am Sunday passed over Boyle Heights, near Dodger Stadium, and circled over Glendale during the flight.
The crash happened shortly before 10 am and Kurt Deetz, a former pilot for the Island Express Helicopters who used to fly Bryant said : The crash was more likely caused by bad weather than engine or mechanical issues, he said. “The likelihood of a catastrophic twin engine failure on that aircraft — it just doesn’t happen,”
Among Kobe Bryant & his daughter, baseball coach John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli & their 13 year old daughter Alyssa who played basketball with Bryant's daughter along with Christina Mauser were also killed on the helicopter crash,
Fans gathered across the city to mourn. Outside Staples Center and at L.A. Live, a sea of purple orchids and yellow chrysanthemums formed. Among the crowd packed along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a pattern emerged: purple and yellow and white; 24 and 8 on people’s chests; “BRYANT” emblazoned across their backs.
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