Earlier this morning, the sports world was truly shaken when news traveled of the tragic death of Kobe Bryant.
While his death was tragic, it is that of his daughter and her teammate that wrenches my heart.
Needless and Senseless Deaths
For years, Kobe Bryant has preferred to travel by helicopter to events.
During his playing days, he was known for commuting from his home to both practice and games by private helicopter.
That tradition has carried on after retirement, now using it to transport his daughter and her friends to their practices and games.
That was the case on Sunday morning when this tragedy occurred.
We now know that a total of five people were killed in the accident.
Kobe, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, one of her teammates, and the parent of that teammate (their identities have not yet been released).
In addition to those four victims, the pilot was also killed in the crash.
**Update 1.27.2020 (reports are now stating that there may have been as many as nine victims, including the pilot, onboard the helicopter)
From the reports have been made public so far, we know the helicopter had some type of fire, then starting to spin out of control.
The copter went down in an area northwest of Los Angeles (Calabasas).
Kobe Bryant’s wife was not on board.
Colin Storm, who lives in the area was a witness to the crash.
He stated, “It was very foggy, so we couldn’t see anything.
“But then we hear some sputtering, and then a boom.”
Calabasas Mayor Alicia Weintraub stated, “It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of Kobe Bryant and four others in a helicopter crash in Calabasas.
“The aircraft went down in a remote field off Las Virgenes around 10:00 this morning. Nobody on the ground was hurt. The FAA and NTSB are investigating.”
For the next few weeks, the world will be mourning the death of Kobe Bryant, but we cannot forget the true tragedy here, and that the loss of life of these two young children.
Kobe had a great life, and it is sad that he is gone for Lakers fans and NBA fans in general, but left behind is a wife without a husband who now also mourns the loss of a child.
There is another family that nobody will likely ever recognize that is now also without a parent and a young child as well… and that is the real tragedy.
Source: NBC DFW
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