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Sunday 11 December 2016

Berkeley tragedy fund raises over $30k in less than a day

Tax-deductable donations raised will be used to 'support immediate needs of families and students in Berkeley'

Mourners stand by during a candlelight vigil for six Irish students Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Beck Diefenbach)
Mourners stand by during a candlelight vigil for six Irish students Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Beck Diefenbach)

A fund set up to help raise money for the families of the six tragic Berkeley victims has raised over $30,000 in less than 24 hours.

Hundreds of people are donating to the official account which has been established by the Irish Immigration Pastoral Centre in San Francisco.

The tax-deductable donations raised will be used to 'support and assist the immediate needs of the families and students in Berkeley'.

The page, called 'Irish J1 Berkeley Tragedy Fund' has already seen hundreds of people donate money to the bereaved families.

It features a photo of a group of students at the vigil for the six victims who were killed when the fourth-storey balcony of a building collapsed in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Seven other students were injured in the incident, two are still reported to be in a 'critical' condition in hospital.

The deceased were named as Irish students Eimear Walsh, Lorcan Miller, Eoghan Culligan, Niccolai Schuster, Olivia Burke and Irish-American citizen Ashley Donohue.

The page reads: "Early in the morning on June 16, 2015, several Irish J1 students in Berkeley, Calif., were involved in a balcony collapse which resulted in six fatalities and seven serious injuries.

"This account has been established to raise funds for the students affected by this tragedy and their families, and we ask that you donate what you can.  Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

"Your tax-deductable donations will be used to support and assist the immediate needs of the families and students in Berkeley.

"Your messages of support and concern are all very much appreciated.  We ask that you please keep the victims, their families, friends and all involved in your thoughts and prayers.

You can donate to the official victims' families fund set up by the Irish Immigration Pastoral Centre in San Francisco here

The account has been established to raise funds for the students affected by the tragedy - tax-deductable donations will be used to support and assist the immediate needs of the families and students in Berkeley

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