A large poster at UC Berkeley of Kate Steinle was torn and trashed by vandals just one day after it was used to honor her memory and mourn the verdict that allowed her killer to escape a murder charge.
The vigil, hosted Thursday by the Berkeley College Republicans, was protested by a small but vocal group of demonstrators who accused the GOP students of using Steinle’s memory to advance fascism and racism.
The vigil included candles which spelled out the name Kate, flowers, and an easel which held aloft a poster of Steinle’s smiling face. Naweed Tahmas, external vice president of the Berkeley College Republicans, said during the event:
“The burden of tragedy no longer solely rests on the shoulders of her family, but on the shoulders every American.”