Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) and Congressman Harley Rouda (CA-48) led members of the California Delegation in a moment of silence on the House Floor in honor of Kobe and Gianna Bryant, John, Keri, and Alyssa Altobelli, Sarah and Payton Chester, Christina Mauser, and Ara Zobayan, who were killed in a tragic helicopter crash on Sunday.
A video of the moment of silence and remarks can be found here.
Congresswoman Waters’ remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow:
I stand today on behalf of the entire City of Los Angeles, and millions of fans worldwide, who are mourning the sudden and tragic loss of one of the greatest athletes we’ve ever known: Kobe Bryant.
Celebrated as a king in Los Angeles, Kobe’s death is deeply painful for our city and his millions of fans everywhere.
For decades, he dazzled generations of fans and aspiring athletes, leaving a legacy as a prolific athlete, devoted husband, loving father, and philanthropist that will never be forgotten.
This tragic event is made worse by the death of his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna Bryant – a beautiful young lady who was so full of life and potential. Our hearts go out to his wife, Vanessa, surviving daughters Bianka, Natalia, and Capri, relatives, teammates, and friends.
On behalf of the California Delegation, we lift up the names of Kobe Bryant, his beloved daughter Gianna, and all the victims of this horrible tragedy in prayer and reverence and send our deepest condolences to their loved ones now and forever.
I yield back to Congressman Rouda.