Latest updates have revealed that 9 people died in the tragic helicopter crash that claimed the lives of NBA legend, Kobe Bryant and his 13 year-old daughter, Gianna.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva gave this update during a press conference.
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According to the Sheriff, it was the pilot and eight other people, two of which were identified as Kobe Bryant and his daughter.
Los Angeles County Fire Department Chief Daryl Osby said: “All survivors were determined to have been perished
Our firefighters on the scene indicated there was a debris-filled and steep terrain with quarter-acre brushfire
Our firefighters hiked into the accident site with medical equipment and hose lines to extinguish the stubborn fire, as it included the brushfire debris from the helicopter. The fire also included magnesium which is very hard for our firefighters to extinguish because magnesium reacts with oxygen and water.”
Also, Girls basketball coach Christina Mauser, 38, was one of the nine victims aboard the helicopter that crashed.
Mayor Katrina Foley took to Twitter to express her condolences.
Katrina tweeted: “I just learned that our amazing Matt Mauser of TiajuanaDogs lost his wife Christina in the crash,
She coached the girls team. This devastating tragedy gets worse by the hour. So much pain for so many local families. Our hearts are broken & grieving for the families impacted.”
Christina coached Gianna Bryant and Alyssa Altobelli at Mamba Sports Academy, where the girls were part of the Los Angeles Lady Mamba team.