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Two days after the Jan. 26 crash, first responders were talking about how images of victims’ remains and the debris field were being shared, a source told the newspaper.
The source said they saw one of the photos on the phone of another official in a setting that had nothing to do with the investigation.
It’s not clear if deputies actually snapped the images at the scene or received them from someone else.
It’s also unclear how widely the photos were shared or who exactly was involved.
The Sheriff’s Department said Thursday that the “matter is being looked into,” following multiple inquiries by The Times.
The NBA legend, 41, his daughter, Gianna, and seven others — Christina Mauser; Payton and Sarah Chester; John, Keri and Alyssa Altobelli; and pilot Ara Zobayan — died when Bryant’s helicopter collided with a Calabasas hillside amid dense fog.
The group had been on their way to a youth basketball game in Thousand Oaks.
Bryant’s widow, Vanessa Bryant, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the company that operated the chopper.