A plaque has been erected in memory of the five young adults who lost their lives in a tragic balcony collapse.
The plaque was unveiled at a memorial event yesterday organized by the Consulate General of Ireland to the Western United States and the Irish immigration pastoral Center, alongside the city of Berkeley.
Honoured to be part of plaque unveiling for the Berkeley balcony collapse victims. The continued solidarity of this community is inspiring pic.twitter.com/ew0vkXDVEJ— Irish Consulate W US (@IrelandSanFran) July 21, 2018
The tribute honors the five Irish college students, Olivia Burke, Eoghan Culligan, Lorcan Miller, Niccolai Schuster and Eimear Walsh, and their Irish-American friend Ashley Donohoe all died on June 16th 2015.
Amb @DanMulhall:”The Berkeley balcony collapse of June 2015 was a terrible tragedy and one which had an enormous effect on Ireland. The depth of grief, shock and sorrow was immense – six young lives so tragically and prematurely ended and serious injury inflicted on so many.” 1/2 pic.twitter.com/LBvXngomlV— Embassy of Ireland USA (@IrelandEmbUSA) July 21, 2018
The students were killed when a balcony they were on collapsed. The group were celebrating a 21st birthday party while on their J-1 summer exchange in California.