They were among nine victims in a helicopter crash last month in Southern California. Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife Keri, and his younger daughter Alyssa were also on board, and one of Kobe's final acts, it was revealed Monday, was helping out Altobelli's surviving daughter, 16-year-old Alexis.
Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka -- who was also Bryant's former agent -- was among those to make a speech at Monday's service. During his remarks, Pelinka told the crowd that he received a text from Bryant while he was aboard the helicopter on the morning of the fatal crash.
In the message, Bryant had asked Pelinka to reach out to baseball agent Scott Boras about an internship for Alexis. The NBA legend wanted to serve as a character reference for her.
"Boras has been in contact with [Alexis' older brother, J.J.] and will create a position for Alexis, who will be able to rotate through the company's various departments, including marketing, baseball operations, sports science and office administration."
Per Hernandez, Boras had already invited the Altobellis to tour his SoCal-based Boras Corp. office and to discuss how Alexis could gain experience by working for him.
Boras is the best-known agent in baseball. He represents a number of the top players in the game, and has become a sizable figure in labor matters. He also shared a church with the Bryants in Newport Beach.
John, Keri and Alyssa Altobelli were honored with a public memorial at Angel Stadium earlier this month. In addition to Alexis, the Altobellis are survived by son J.J., who serves as a scout for the Boston Red Sox.