THE OTHER SEVEN

Last night there was a memorial service for NBA great Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna at the Los Angeles Staples Center. It was sold out.

There was no memorial last night, however, for the other seven people who died in the plane crash that took Mr. Bryant and his daughter’s lives.  Maybe they were mentioned, maybe they weren’t; I was not there to know.

But, with the knowledge that their loss is every bit as tragic to their friends and family as Kobe and Gianna Bryant’s loss, I thought I would mention them here.

The other seven, In alphabetical order, are:

Alyssa Altobelli: Gianna Bryant’s teammate

Joe Altobelli: Alyssa’s father

Keri Altobelli: Alyssa’s mother

Payton Chester: Gianna Bryant’s teammate

Sarah Chester: Payton’s mother

Christina Mauser,:Gianna, Payton and Alyssa’s basketball coach

Ara Zobayan: the pilot

May all nine victims of this horrible tragedy rest in peace.

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