My VIP for this week is Kobe Bryant, the NBA legend who died in a helicopter crash on Sunday. He played for 20 years for the Los Angeles Lakers and was still involved in basketball at the time of his death. The crash victims included Bryant’s fourteen-year-old daughter, Gianna. The crash occurred in foggy conditions. Flames from the helicopter started a fire on the ground.
The pilot and eight passengers were on board the helicopter. Among those who died in the crash were Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife Keri, and their thirteen-year-old daughter, Alyssa.
Bryant was on his way to coach a basketball team in Malibu at the Mamba Cup
tournament for boys’ and girls’ travel teams. The sports world and Americans are in mourning. May God bless the survivors as well as the families and friends of the deceased.