NBA Legend and Orange County Resident Kobe Bryant Among Nine Killed in Tragic Helicopter Crash

The following is a statement from Michelle Steel, Chairwoman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, on the fatal helicopter crash which killed 9 Orange County residents, Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant, John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Albobelli, Christina Mauser, Sarah Chester, Payton Chester, and Ara Zobayan.

“Today we mourn the loss of nine Orange County residents including basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, Orange Coast College head baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife Keri and his daughter Alyssa, Christina Mauser, basketball coach at Harbor Day School in Corona del Mar, Sarah Chester and her daughter Payton, and pilot Ara Zobayan,” said Michelle Steel, Chairwoman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors. “This loss hits the Second District particularly hard,” added Steel, “My prayers are with their families and with all who learned from them and loved them.”

Tomorrow’s Board of Supervisors meeting will adjourn in memory all those whose lives were lost in this terrible accident.

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First elected to the Orange County Board of Supervisors in 2014, Michelle Steel represents the residents of the Second District, which includes, Costa Mesa, Cypress, Huntington Beach, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Newport Beach, Seal Beach, Stanton, the unincorporated area of Rossmoor, and portions of Buena Park and Fountain Valley. Steel, a successful businesswoman and renowned taxpayer advocate, previously served as Vice Chair of the State Board of Equalization where she represented more than eight million people in Southern California, including all of Orange County, as one of the state’s 12 constitutional officers.