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LA County Sheriff's Deputy Reportedly Leaked Kobe Bryant Crash Site Photos to 'Impress A Girl'

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By Adreon Patterson

According to TMZ and the Los Angeles Times, photos of the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant, his 13-year old daughter Gianna and seven others have allegedly leaked and shared among the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

In addition to the photos, the gossip media site was able to obtain more information on who had circulated the photos, revealing how "multiple L.A. County Sheriff's deputies who responded to the crash scene took photos that included remains."

This news came days after an incident involving the helicopter pilot surfaced online.

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According to TMZ, one of the deputies had taken photos of the crash site. Later on, he went to a bar and allegedly "he tried to impress a girl by showing her the photos." As the alleged moment played out, a bartender overheard the conversation and filed an online complaint with the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department.

Along with the bar incident, the photos were reportedly passed around by first responders at the crash site. Capt. Jorge Valdez, the head of the sheriff's information bureau, informed family members of the crash victims after the photos surfaced. Reportedly, the Los Angeles Times had "inquired" about the images.

What's shown in the photos is currently unknown, but the sheriff's department is investigating the matter.


The news arrived as LA had just remembered Bryant and Gianna during a Celebration of Life Memorial at the Staples Center on February 24.

Vanessa Bryant spoke at the service about her loved ones, starting from Gianna.

"She would hug me and hold me so tight, I could feel her love me. I loved the way she looked up at me while she hugged me. It was as if she was soaking me all in. We loved each other so much," she stated. "... She was always, always, always considerate of others and their feelings. She was a beautiful, kind, happy, silly, thoughtful, and loving daughter and sister. She was so full of life and had so much more to offer this world."

Vanessa then went on to pay tribute to the Los Angeles Lakers legend and their relationship.

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She then moved on to speak about her husband and soulmate, Kobe.

"I couldn't see him as a celebrity, nor as an incredible basketball player. He was my sweet husband and the beautiful father of our children. He was mine. He was my everything," his widow stated. "... He would do anything for me. I have no idea how I deserved a man that loved and wanted me more than Kobe. He was charismatic, a gentleman. He was loving, adoring and romantic."

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This development in the crash saga is the latest in a series of revelations that have come up over the past few weeks leading up to the public memorial.

Vanessa had filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Island Express, the company behind the helicopter that crashed killing all nine aboard. The announcement came on the day of the Celebration of Life.

There have been talks of the other victims' families preparing their own lawsuits, both against the private helicopter and the Bryant estate.

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