Connecticut feels impact of Kobe Bryant's death

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Many people will forever remember where they were when they learned of Kobe Bryant's death.

For local radio personality Bobby Ramos, he was at a Subway getting a sandwich. The employee there delivered the news.

"He was writing kids books and he wanted to do movies, and he was a brilliant guy," Ramos said. 

Bryant and his daughter Gianna were among nine people killed when a Sikorsky helicopter crashed Sunday into a California hillside shortly after takeoff.

Mike Ruane, the men's basketball coach for University of Bridgeport, says he was at Philadelphia University when Bryant was at Lower Marien High School.

"He was such a great ambassador for the game, and maybe one of the best ever," Ruane said.

Gianna, who was 13 years old, had ambitions of playing basketball at the University of Connecticut, even going to some Huskies games with the family.

The five-time NBA champion leaves behind his wife, Vanessa, and three other daughters.

"We never know when our expiration date is," Ramos said.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash. Police say conditions were so foggy that they had to ground their own helicopters.

Sikorsky Aircraft said in a statement it stands ready to assist with the investigation.

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