Nine people died in the fatal helicopter accident that killed basketball star Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter. Of those that perished, three were from the same family — John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, and their daughter Alyssa.
On Tuesday, a GoFundMe page was created by Paul Toboni, and the support for it has been overwhelming.
As of Wednesday morning, over $172,000 had been raised from more than 3,000 donors.
The organizer explained the need for the donations in a letter on the site.
“As many of you have read by now, a helicopter crash on January 26, 2020 in Calabasas, CA has claimed the lives of nine people. John, Keri and Alyssa Altobelli were among the nine victims. Most devastating to our Red Sox family, John, Keri, and Alyssa were the father, stepmother and younger sister of one of our scouts, J.J. Altobelli,” Toboni wrote.
“As J.J. and his sister Lexi cope with the immense sadness stemming from this accident, we want to rally to raise money for them. Ensuring that J.J. and Lexi don’t have to worry about financial insecurity moving forward is the least we can do,” he continued.
“While the Red Sox and its Foundation will be providing financial and emotional support, we understand that opening this up to the public can provide the Altobelli Family with the most security moving forward. These funds will help J.J. and Lexi as they are faced with funeral costs, Lexi’s future education, as well as other general living costs. Please join us in contributing – no amount is too small.
“From the bottom of our hearts, thank you in advance for your generosity.”
Donors filled the comments with their condolences.
“My heart is breaking for your family and all the families. Keep your good memories close to your heart. My thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you all,” one wrote.
“Wishing you Peace to ease your pain, Suppost to help you get through the days ahed, and Loving Memories kept forever in your hearts until you meet again. Prayers and God bless,” another said.
PopCulture.com has more on the crash details:
The Altobelli’s had been aboard the Sikorsky S-76B helicopter on their way to a basketball game at the Mamba Sports Academy, where their 13-year-old daughter played on the same team as Bryant’s daughter Gianna, when the aircraft went down in dense fog. Along with the Altobellis, Bryant, and his daughter, the crash also claimed the lives of girls basketball coach Christina Mauser, Sarah Chester and her daughter Payton Chester, and pilot Ara Zobayan.