The secret behind the photo showing Kobe Bryant’s Range Rover at the private jet terminal after the NBA legend…

Poignant photos show Kobe Bryant‘s empty car sitting in a private jet terminal parking lot just hours after the NBA legend died in a helicopter crash with his daughter and seven others last Sunday.

The 41-year-old’s car was lined up next to four other luxury vehicles underneath a darkening sky at Atlantic Aviation, the private jet terminal at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California.

The other vehicles belonged to John Altobelli, a baseball coach at Orange Coast College, his wife Keri and their daughter Alyssa; basketball coach Christina Mauser; Sarah Chester and her daughter Payton – who all died in the tragic crash, a source exclusively told DailyMail.com.

The high-end automobiles, including two Range Rovers, a Tesla, Mercedes and BMW, were clearly family cars with faculty parking passes, club membership decals on windshields, and loose paper and coffee cups inside.

The photos emerged after the world mourned the loss of Bryant over the past week, most recently at Sunday’s Super Bowl game where a moment of silence was taken to commemorate all victims of the crash, as teams stood on their respective 24-yard lines – in tribute to Bryant’s No. 24 jersey.

Poignant photos show Kobe Bryant's empty Range Rover (circled) sitting in a private jet terminal parking lot just hours after the NBA legend died in a helicopter crash with his daughter and seven others last Sunday

Poignant photos show Kobe Bryant’s empty Range Rover (circled) sitting in a private jet terminal parking lot just hours after the NBA legend died in a helicopter crash with his daughter and seven others last Sunday

The 41-year-old's car was lined up next to four other luxury vehicles underneath a darkening sky at Atlantic Aviation, the private jet terminal at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California

The 41-year-old’s car was lined up next to four other luxury vehicles underneath a darkening sky at Atlantic Aviation, the private jet terminal at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California

The other vehicles belonged to John Altobelli, a baseball coach at Orange Coast College, his wife Keri and their daughter Alyssa; basketball coach Christina Mauser; Sarah Chester and her daughter Payton - who all died in the tragic crash, a source exclusively told DailyMail.com

The other vehicles belonged to John Altobelli, a baseball coach at Orange Coast College, his wife Keri and their daughter Alyssa; basketball coach Christina Mauser; Sarah Chester and her daughter Payton – who all died in the tragic crash, a source exclusively told DailyMail.com

The photos emerged after the world mourned the loss of Bryant over the past week, most recently at Sunday's Super Bowl where a moment of silence was taken to commemorate all victims of the crash, as teams stood on their respective 24-yard lines - in tribute to Bryant's No. 24 jersey. Pictured: Bryant driving home with the NBA Championship trophy in 2001

The photos emerged after the world mourned the loss of Bryant over the past week, most recently at Sunday’s Super Bowl where a moment of silence was taken to commemorate all victims of the crash, as teams stood on their respective 24-yard lines – in tribute to Bryant’s No. 24 jersey. Pictured: Bryant driving home with the NBA Championship trophy in 2001

Bryant and the others had parked their cars at the private terminal and boarded the chartered Sikorsky S-76B, which Bryant frequently flew in, to take them to a basketball tournament in Thousand Oaks.

A source told DailyMail.com they knew where Bryant’s car was parked because they used the private jet terminal several times before.

They indicated he parked around the back of a hangar that was out of view and next to a runway gate.

An employee at the airport confirmed Bryant and the other passengers of the flight had parked there and these were their cars, the source said.

On one of the Range Rovers was a Orange Coast College parking sticker, indicating the car belonged to John Altobelli, who was a baseball coach at the college.

The other Range Rover had a decal for Balboa Bay Club, a luxury sports club, and a Pelican Hill Community sticker – near to where Bryant lived.

In a resurfaced video after Bryant’s death, the father-of-four is seen back in December helping out at the scene of a car crash in Newport Beach, before climbing back in his Range Rover.

DailyMail.com previously revealed Bryant and his daughter Gianna ‘Gigi’ had attended an early 7am Catholic mass service hours before they died, both receiving Communion.

DailyMail.com previously revealed Bryant and his daughter Gianna 'Gigi' had attended an early 7am Catholic mass service hours before they died, both receiving Communion

DailyMail.com previously revealed Bryant and his daughter Gianna ‘Gigi’ had attended an early 7am Catholic mass service hours before they died, both receiving Communion

Victim, John Altobelli is pictured with his wife, Keri

Alyssa Altobelli

Also killed in the crash were John Altobelli (left), 56, longtime head coach of Southern California’s Orange Coast College baseball team; his wife, Keri (left, with John); and daughter, Alyssa (right), who played on the same basketball team as Bryant’s daughter

Pilot Ara Zobayan (left), Payton Chester and her mother Sarah Chester (together center) died in the crash. Christina Mauser (right, with her husband, Matt who was not on the chopper), a girls basketball coach at a nearby private elementary school, also died in the crash

Although the cars were high-end, including two Range Rovers, a Tesla, Mercedes and BMW, they were clearly family cars with faculty parking passes, club membership decals on windshields, and loose paper and coffee cups inside the cars

Although the cars were high-end, including two Range Rovers, a Tesla, Mercedes and BMW, they were clearly family cars with faculty parking passes, club membership decals on windshields, and loose paper and coffee cups inside the cars

In a resurfaced video after Bryant's death, the father-of-four (in pink) is seen back in December helping out at the scene of a car crash in Newport Beach, before climbing back in his Range Rover (pictured)

In a resurfaced video after Bryant’s death, the father-of-four (in pink) is seen back in December helping out at the scene of a car crash in Newport Beach, before climbing back in his Range Rover (pictured)

A source told DailyMail.com they knew where Bryant's car was parked because they used the private jet terminal several times before. They indicated he parked around the back of a hangar that was out of view and next to a runway gate. An employee at the airport confirmed Bryant and the other passengers of the flight had parked there, the source said. Pictured: Bryant and his wife Vanessa at what appears to be a private jet terminal in a photo posted in August 2019

A source told DailyMail.com they knew where Bryant’s car was parked because they used the private jet terminal several times before. They indicated he parked around the back of a hangar that was out of view and next to a runway gate. An employee at the airport confirmed Bryant and the other passengers of the flight had parked there, the source said. Pictured: Bryant and his wife Vanessa at what appears to be a private jet terminal in a photo posted in August 2019

The father and daughter left the church and soon afterwards boarded the helicopter, which took off shortly after 9am and crashed into a hillside near Calabasas around 9.30am.

Pilot Ara Zobayan circled was relying on his eyesight alone to make out the terrain beneath him, choosing not to utilize what is known in flying as instrument flight rules (IFR), which would have allowed him to navigate through the clouds but which would have taken longer.

The Sikorsky S-76 helicopter, which Bryant often traveled in, caught fire after it struck a hillside amid heavy fog in the area.

It was later revealed by authorities that helicopters were grounded that day, as weather ‘did not meet our standards.’

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