CALABASS-(AP)-A Southern California community college baseball coach, his wife, and daughter were among those killed in the crash of the helicopter carrying Kobe Bryant and his daughter.
The younger brother of Orange Coast College coach John Altobelli confirmed the deaths as relatives, friends, and players gathered at the school’s baseball field Sunday afternoon. Flowers and baseball caps were placed on home plate.
It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of Orange Coast College head baseball coach John Altobelli. He was a coach, a colleague, a mentor and a friend at OCC for 27 years.
— Orange Coast College (@orangecoast) January 26, 2020
John Altobelli’s brother, Tony, is the sports information director at the school. He said his 56-year-old brother died along with his wife, Keri, and daughter, Alyssa, who was about 13 and played on the same basketball team as Bryant’s daughter, Gianna.
John Altobelli was entering his 28th season as a coach at the community college in Costa Mesa, California. The team won a state championship last year and John Altobelli was named national coach of the year.
The helicopter carrying Bryant crashed northwest of Los Angeles around 10 a.m. Sunday. All nine people aboard were killed.