By Jessica Pag-iwayan
A Filipino-American coach, named Christina Mauser, is among the nine people who died along with NBA Superstar Kobe Bryant in a fatal helicopter crash, Sunday, Jan. 26.
Thirty-eight-year old Christina was an assistant coach of the Mamba Academy’s girl basketball team, a school owned by Kobe. On a Facebook post, her husband, Matt Mauser, paid tribute to his wife and asked everyone to respect their privacy.
“My kids and I are devastated. We lost our beautiful wife and mom today in a helicopter crash.” he says. “Please respect our privacy. Thank you for all the well wishes, they mean so much.”
The couple has three children ages, 3, 9, and 11.
Apart from Kobe, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and Christina, coach John Altobelli with his wife Keri and daughter Alyssa also died from the crash. Alyssa and Gianna played for the same basketball team.