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Saturday 10 December 2016

German World Cup star Bastian Schweinsteiger pays tribute to Berkeley victim

Bastian Schweinsteiger posing for a photo with Niccolai Schuster, one of the six Irish students killed in Berkeley
Bastian Schweinsteiger posing for a photo with Niccolai Schuster, one of the six Irish students killed in Berkeley

World Cup winning football star Bastian Schweinsteiger has paid tribute to Niccolai Schuster, one of the six victims of the Berkeley balcony tragedy.

The Bayern Munich midfielder sent his condolences to the Schuster family and all the victims of the Berkeley tragedy in a post on his official Facebook page.
Sharing an image of himself alongside Niccolai Schuster to his seven million followers, the German star said news of the tragic events in Berkeley had left him devastated.
"This news makes me very sad. I wish you, the family and Nick’s relatives strength at this very difficult time," he wrote.
“I would also like to express my condolences to all the other victims of this accident.”
The World Cup winner paid tribute to Niccolai, and the other five Berkeley victims, after he was sent a message from the young Irishman's friends.

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"Nick was a Bayern fan. His heart is still red and white. Bastian Schweinsteiger was his favorite player," his friends wrote.

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"I can't in words believe how grateful we would be all (the family and friends of Nick) if Basti makes Instagram/Facebook post about Nick and sends a letter to the family."
The bodies of the six students who died in the balcony collapse tragedy in Berkeley, California on Monday night are expected to be released to their families later this afternoon once all formalities are completed.
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Irish-American Ashley Donohoe (22), who died along with her cousin Olivia Burke (21), from Dublin, in the accident, will be laid to rest on Saturday at Rhonart in her home county of Marin.

A service for Olivia will also be held prior to her body being brought home.

Berkeley Tragedy Victims' Fund

The Irish Immigration Pastoral Centre in San Francisco has set up an online account to raise funds for the students affected by this tragedy and to assist the immediate needs of their families.

Click here to make a donation to the fund

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