by Henni Espinosa, ABS-CBN North America Bureau
DALY CITY, Calif. – ABS-CBN News has confirmed that one of the nine passengers who were killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California alongside basketball legend, Kobe Bryant, was a Filipino-American coach named Christina Mauser.
The 38-year old Southern California-based Fil-Am worked as a basketball coach at Mamba Academy, where Bryant was a co-owner.
Christina’s cousin, Melanie Ramil, confirmed this with ABS-CBN News on Monday afternoon.
In an earlier post on Facebook, Ramil expressed, “We are beyond heartbroken. I share this to ask for your prayers for our family, especially her husband and three young kids and to hug your loves so tightly today and always.”
Matt Mauser, Christina’s husband, also took to Facebook to express his grief, saying, “My kids and I are devastated. We lost our beautiful wife and mom.”
During his interview with The Today Show, Matt called Christina “extraordinary” and said this was the reason why Bryant wanted her to coach with him.
Before his untimely death, Bryant’s passion was to mentor young girls who excelled in basketball, including his 13-year old daughter Gianna, who also lost her life in the crash.
The group was reportedly headed to Mamba Academy when the tragedy happened.