Wednesday 26 October 2016

Berkeley tragedy: 'I feel guilty because six others were killed, reveals survivor Niall Murray as he thanks doctors

Niall Murray Pic: @BobNBC/Twitter
Niall Murray Pic: @BobNBC/Twitter
Niall Murray, one of the survivors of the Berkely tragedy, speaks to media outside Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, San Jose
Niall Murray speaks at a news conference at Santa Clara Valley Medical Centre in San Jose (AP)

ONE of the Berkeley balcony survivors who remains in rehab at California said he feels guilty that six others died in the tragedy.

Niall Murray, who spoke to the media from outside Santa Clara Medical Centre, became emotional when he spoke about coming home soon and seeing the families of those who died.

Mr Murray (21) appeared in a wheelchair with bandages on his arms and a boot on his left foot.

"I remember the night. The only thing I don't remember is how I hit the ground," he said. "I feel guilty and awful to be alive. I'm not sure why I made it."


Mr Murray spoke at a news conference at the San Jose hospital where he has been receiving treatment for a broken wrist, heel and elbow, as well as an injured finger. He is expected to make a full recovery.

Six students were killed and seven others were hospitalised after the balcony snapped off an apartment building during a 21st birthday party on June 16.

Mr Murray, whose family is from Dublin, said he had been at the party for about a half an hour and remembered everyone laughing. He was on the balcony when he heard a "big rumble" as the structure gave way. He saw two of the other victims as he was falling. After that, he remembers waking up in the emergency room.

Niall said he's now looking forward to coming home "to a big Irish breakfast".

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