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Orange County basketball coach among victims in Calabasas helicopter crash

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Posted at 7:04 AM, Jan 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-27 15:06:07-05

(CNS) -- A basketball coach from Orange County was confirmed by her family to be one of nine people, including ex-NBA star Kobe Bryant, killed in a Calabasas-area helicopter crash Sunday morning.

In a Facebook post, Matthew Mauser, a basketball coach at Harbor Day School in Corona del Mar, said his wife Christina died in the crash.

"My kids and I are devastated. We lost our beautiful wife and mom today in a helicopter crash. Please respect our privacy. Thank you for all the well wishes they mean so much,” Mauser posted.

Christina Mauser previously served as an assistant basketball coach for Harbor Day. She was an assistant coach for Bryant's Mamba Academy team.

The school put out a brief statement saying the campus is in mourning: "Harbor Day School is devastated by the news. We are mourning the loss of members of our community. Our first priority is the well-being of our students. As news is publicized, we will ensure that our support team is made available to assist and counsel our students. We appreciate your patience and understanding."

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