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Friday 9 December 2016

Berkeley stages vigil for Irish victims of balcony tragedy

Families, friends and first responders at Berkeley balcony tragedy site remember those killed and injured before going to memorial site in Martin Luther King Jr Park, by the central fountain.
19/07/15
Families, friends and first responders at Berkeley balcony tragedy site remember those killed and injured before going to memorial site in Martin Luther King Jr Park, by the central fountain. 19/07/15
Families, friends and first responders at Berkeley balcony tragedy site remember those killed and injured before going to memorial site in Martin Luther King Jr Park, by the central fountain. 19/07/15
Votives at memorial site for those killed and injured in Berkeley balcony tragedy in Martin Luther King Jr Park, by the central fountain. 19/07/15

A special US candlelit ceremony marked one month since the Berkeley tragedy in which six students died.

There was silence from those gathered, as the families and friends of the victims placed candles in Berkeley's main square.

A bouquet of 13 white roses was placed among the candles, to commemorate the six dead and seven injured.

Irish consul general Philip Grant attended the service, saying that while it was a sad day, it was also a time to celebrate the progress made by the seven survivors.

Five Dublin students - Lorcan Miller, Niccolai Schuster, Eoghan Culligan, Eimear Walsh and Olivia Burke, all 21 - and Ashley Donohoe (22) from California, died in the tragedy.

Seven others - Aoife Beary, Hannah Waters, Clodagh Cogley, Niall Murray, Jack Halpin, Conor Flynn and Sean Fahey - were injured in the accident, some seriously.

Three of those hurt may require home adaptations as they recover from potentially life-altering injuries.

Meanwhile, California politicians refused to pass emergency legislation to enforce a range of tough new State-wide construction controls in the wake of the tragedy on June 16.

The state's lawmakers rejected the tough new regulations, warning they wanted to await the outcome of three separate investigations into the Library Gardens complex tragedy.

The 13 students were thrown onto a concrete pavement when the timber supports of a fourth-storey balcony failed.

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