Reaction to Kobe’s Death

Jayden Jones

On January 26th, 2020 in Calabasas, CA took place a major disaster that left many heartbroken. Los Angeles Lakers five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash early Sunday morning. Kobe Bryant was among the nine other people that were on the helicopter, Including his middle child Gianna Bryant. John Altobelli, was killed along with his wife Keri and daughter Alyssa. Other victims include: Christina Mauser, Sarah Chester, Payton Chester, Ara Zobayan. 

    It was early Sunday morning when the families all left church to fly over and catch their basketball game at Mamba Academy in which Kobe was a coach for that game.

According to CNN, the helicopter that attained Kobe and Gianna Bryant and the seven others received special permission to fly despite the dangerous fog conditions. CNN, who reported, “At one point, an air traffic controller informed the pilot, “You’re still too low for flight following at this time,” meaning the chopper wasn’t flying high enough to register on radar. By then the helicopter crashed into a mountain at a low altitude that resulted in no survivors.


This tragedy left many people heartbroken,confused,and in shock. Especially the lost of his middle child who had one bright future in front of her for basketball and more. Kobe was a family guy there was nothing more important than his family, but Kobe’s legacy and what he did will live on forever. Kobe during his life has made a mentality that will also live on forever called ‘ Mamba Mentality’ which simply means that you’re trying to get better at whatever you’re doing everyday. Kobe has left many memories behind such as Fourth-leading scorer in NBA history (33,643 points), Five-time NBA champion, twice named Finals MVP 18-time All-Star, 11-time All-NBA First Team, Nine-time NBA All-Defensive First Team, Two-time Olympic gold medalist Youngest player in NBA history at the time of his debut in 1996, all within his 20 season on the Los Angeles Lakers. Kobe impacted the community with people’s favorite phrase of yelling out KOBE when they shoot something in the trash like it’s a basketball. Also in most communities will no longer play the quick pick up game called 21, it shall now be called 24 in the respect of Kobe. #RIPKOBE #RIPGIGI #RIPJOHN #RIPSARAH #RIPPAYTON #RIPKERI #RIPCHRISTINA #RIPARA #RIPALYSSA all prayers out to all families.