A Los Angeles County sheriff says it’s believed eight deputies were involved in sharing photos of Kobe Bryant‘s crash site in Calabasas.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva said he was “shocked,” calling it a “punch to the gut” during a press video interview, shared by ABC 7.
He added that the photos have been deleted and those involved in distributing them are being investigated and face possible disciplinary action.
While no specific suspect names have been released, Villanueva said there were only two groups of people who should have been taking photos at the Jan. 26 scene — the county coroner’s office and National Transportation Safety Board investigators.
“That is the only two groups of people,” he said. “Anybody outside of that would be unauthorized. They’d be illicit photos.”
Bryant died in the mountainside helicopter crash along with his and Vanessa Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna; Christina Mauser; Payton and Sarah Chester; John, Keri and Alyssa Altobelli; and helicopter pilot Ara Zobayan.
Kobe and Gianna Bryant were buried Feb. 7 during a private ceremony at Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona del Mar, the Los Angeles Times reported.
On Monday, Vanessa’s lawyer Gary C. Robb released a statement saying the widow is “absolutely devastated” by the photo-sharing reports.
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