Not so good news is coming from the University of California-Berkley, where at least one person trashed a memorial built to commemorate Kate Steinle at the University of California. Naturally, a wave of protesters quickly packed the area.
As students attended a ceremony of lighting vigil, following the final verdict of Steinle’s killer, who got to walk away free.
The case is well familiar- Steinle, 32, was shot and killed while walking with her father at San Francisco’s pier in July of 2015.
The suspect was a five-time deployee and an illegal alien, who testified that his gun was activated on its own and the strained bullet managed to shoot Steinle.
After his trial, a jury found Jose Ines Garcia Zarate guilty of only one count of felony possession of a gun, while exonerating him from Steinle’s murder.
The Berkeley College Republican Club planned a vigil to honor Steinle at the entrance stairs of the university’s Sproul Hall.
As many gathered to salute Steinle one last time, a nearby group of protesters was loud enough to disrupt the event.
“They were shouting during my remarks, and throughout the vigil. Before, during and after,” Vice president of the club, Naweed Tahmas stated.
Last night we held a candlelight vigil in honor of Kate Steinle. This morning someone tore up our poster of her and…
“I couldn’t make out everything they were shouting, but it’s usually: ‘In the name of humanity, we refuse to accept a fascist regime,’” Tahmas said.
As soon as the service wrapped up, students left a poster of Steinle along with candles that read “Kate” on the steps as a memorial.
However, it didn’t take protesters long to get a hold on the poster, and what was supposed to a tribute, turned into havoc.
Although this group has previous experiences of this sort, they felt like this one was particularly devastating and gross.
Student Matt Ronnau said the move was “very disrespectful … to the memory of this woman. Regardless of what your political views are, I don’t think that’s appropriate.”