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Volume 5, Issue 65  |  August 14, 2020

Community offers their final goodbyes to the Altobelli family

A public memorial was held yesterday afternoon in Angel Stadium for the three members of the Altobelli family killed in the helicopter accident two weeks ago along with Laker basketball legend Kobe Bryant and five others.

The service honored Orange Coast College (OCC) baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife Keri, and their daughter Alyssa. Alyssa was a teammate of Kobe’s daughter, Gianna, and both played for the Mamba youth basketball team; the helicopter was on its way to a weekend tournament at the Mamba Academy in Camarillo.

Community offer Altobelli familiy

From GoFundMe account

(L-R) Keri, John, Lexi, J.J. and Alyssa Altobelli

A makeshift shrine adorned with flowers, sports memorabilia and photos was on display near a podium erected on the field. Attendees filled the first deck of seats from third base to the left field foul pole.

Altobelli was the coach at OCC for some 27 years, winning four junior college state titles, while also being named the National Coach of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association in 2019.

His daughter Alyssa attended Ensign Intermediate School in Newport Beach and dreamed of someday playing basketball for the University of Oregon. Her No. 5 jersey was retired by the school last week. 

A separate memorial service for Alyssa was held recently in Mariners Park that was attended by hundreds of schoolmates and community members.

The Altobellis also had two other children, a son, J.J., who is a scout for the Boston Red Sox, and a 16-year-old daughter, Lexi.

All victims of the crash were recognized at the beginning of the service as their names were read.

A public memorial is next planned for Bryant and his daughter on February 24 at Staples Center. The memorial is open to the public.

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