In the preliminary investigations that took place, there were no reported signs of engine failure in the fiery helicopter crash that took lives of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna Bryant and seven others. Their friends and family managed to plan funerals and memorial services for them. According to the death certificate released by the Los Angeles Times, Bryant and Gianna were buried on February 7th, 2020.
Their burial was conducted at Pacific View Memorial Park that is located in Corona del Mar, which is at a close distance from their home and the church that their family attended was the Newport Beach area. Bryant’s widow Vanessa later picked up notes, balloons, flowers, basketballs, and trinkets from the Staples Center that were left behind by Kobe’s fans.
When was the Memorial Service arranged?
A memorial service for both Gianna and Bryant was conducted at 10 am at Pacific Time on February 24th in the Staples Center. The Staples Center was the house built by Kobe during the time of his Lakers career. The memorial service was dated on 02.24.2020 because of some of the specific reasons. Although this was four weeks after the crash took place, 2 was the number worn by Gianna and 24 was imprinted on Kobe’s T-shirt, while 20 represents the number of years he has contributed as a Laker and the other 20 signifies the years of relationship Bryant shared with his wife, Vanessa.
Who were the other Victims in the helicopter crash?
On January 26th, 2020 the former Lakers star of Los Angeles along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna died. The other victims involved in the helicopter crash were –Keri and John Altobelli and their daughter Alyssa, who was 14 years old; Sarah Chester and Payton (13 years old); Christina Mauser, and an assistant coach. The young girls were teammates, who were coached by Kobe Bryant. Also, the pilot Ara Zobayan died in the crash.
All the nine bodies were recovered on January 28th from the site of the crash, after which four including –Kobe Bryant, Sara Chester, John Altobelli, and Zobayan were identified from their fingerprints. And on 29th the bodies of the other five victims were identified that included –Gianna along with her two teammates were identified by DNA testing.
According to the medical examiner-coroner’s reports, the cause of death was identified as blunt trauma due to the rapid onset of death, and the manner of death was listed as an accident.
Why were these people flying in a helicopter?
The pilot Ara along with his eight passengers were commuting towards the north-western direction from the John Wayne Airport located in the Orange County to the Camarillo Airport. The Camarillo Airport was reported to be situated close to the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks that was owned by Kobe Bryant. They were flying in a helicopter to the Mamba Sports Academy because here Bryant was to coach his daughter along with her team members for a noon game in a tournament. To beat the traffic of Los Angeles, Bryant often preferred traveling through the helicopter.