Sarah and Payton Chester
A mother and daughter were remembered as ‘full of mischief and laughter.’
Sarah and Payton Chester, a mother and daughter who lived in Orange County, also died in the crash, family and friends said.
Todd Schmidt, the principal of the elementary school that Payton had attended in Corona del Mar, Calif., confirmed the deaths on Facebook. The Chesters, he said, were among the “amazing families” at the school: “engaged, supportive, encouraging, and full of mischief and laughter.”
“While the world mourns the loss of a dynamic athlete and humanitarian, I mourn the loss of two people just as important,” he wrote. “Their impact was just as meaningful, their loss will be just as keenly felt, and our hearts are just as broken.”
On Instagram, Riley Chester said he had lost “the most amazing Mother and sister.” He posted a series of photographs as a tribute, including one that showed his sister at a basketball gym, smiling and laughing with Mr. Bryant.
A basketball coach known as the ‘Mother of Defense’ was also killed.
Christina Mauser had been a basketball coach and physical education teacher at Harbor Day School in Corona del Mar, Calif., and had coached Gianna Bryant to a school championship in the fall of 2017.
Her husband, Matthew Mauser, who was also a coach of that team, confirmed her death.
“She was incredibly witty — funny like nobody you’ve ever met,” Mr. Mauser, who used to teach at the school and is a singer in a band, said on the “Today” show early on Monday.