The group was flying to Thousand Oaks, California, Sunday for a basketball game, where Gianna was expected to play and Bryant was expected to coach. The helicopter crashed in Calabasas, about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.
While police have not released the names of the people on board, family members of some victims have confirmed their loved ones’ deaths.
Orange Coast College (OCC) baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife, Keri and daughter, Alyssa were aboard the helicopter, Altobelli’s brother, Tony Altobelli, said.
Gianna and Alyssa were teammates at the Mamba Academy, OCC assistant coach Ron La Ruffa told CNN and Altobelli would “routinely” fly with his daughter to attend the games.
“There were two sides to John,” Tony Altobelli said. “People saw him on the baseball field, he’s gritty and tough as nails kind of guy but the other side of him, he was one of the biggest-hearted people you’ll meet in your life. He cared about his players, cared about his school.”
“It’s hard to put into words what this loss means to the college and the athletics department,” OCC…