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At UC Berkeley, vandals trash vigil poster honoring Kate Steinle


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 also 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.

“The burden of tragedy no longer solely rests on the shoulders of her family, but on the shoulders every American,” Naweed Tahmas, external vice president of the Berkeley College Republicans, said during the event.

“However, when illegal immigration policies kill Americans, we are told that we must remain silent. The media lectures us on how we are politicizing a death,” he added during prepared remarks. “The media and our politicians want to erase Kate’s name and story from history. It’s on us to speak the name of America’s lost daughter: Kate Steinle.”

After the event, the flowers and poster were left atop the steps of Sproul Hall, where the event took place.

“We wanted students to see it in the morning,” Tahmas told The College Fix. 

Instead, the poster was torn up and thrown away.

“Last night we held a candlelight vigil in honor of Kate Steinle. This morning someone tore up our poster of her and threw it in the trash. This is typical at UC Berkeley, where honoring the legacy of someone who was killed by a 7-time felon and 5-time deportee is offensive,” the Berkeley Republicans posted Friday on Facebook.

Tahmas said to add insult to injury, the vigil was also disrupted by protesters.

“They were shouting during my remarks, and throughout the vigil. Before, during and after,” he said. “I couldn’t make out everything they were shouting, but it’s usually: ‘In the name of humanity, we refuse to accept a fascist regime.'”

Tahmas said the Berkeley College Republicans are very familiar with having their property vandalized, but they will not back down from their activism.

“The left’s ideological monopoly on campus is under threat and they are lashing out,” he told The Fix. “They want to frustrate us and exhaust our spirit, but their intimidation tactics will not stop us. Our organization will continue to bring to light the issues that the left is trying to censor on campus.”

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Editor’s note: This article has been amended to clarify a quote. 

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  • ginamero

    I’m not shocked. The Left is atrocious at best. I’m often amused and bewildered at how their brain works. Needless to say I have become a giant Bigot towards all things Left. If it upsets them I automatically love it. I wouldn’t hire them, I wouldn’t help them, I have zero humanity for anyone on The Left. It’s gotten to the point I can’t even hear them if they had a good idea because mostly they just annoy me like flies or mosquitoes…if they all disappeared the world would be a better place.

    • Michael Anderson

      Hahahaha! You think people on the left have brains!!

  • The word “UC Berkeley” sticks out like a sore thumb and when I saw that in the headlines, no surprises the babies there couldn’t handle the truth, tragedy, or anything. When they enter the real work force and get harsh criticism that wasn’t provided in school, the world will chew them up, and spit them out real good.

  • camdogify

    Every single year, California loses $23 billion dollars handing out free stuff to illegal aliens. For the cost of $20 billion we can build a wall just once, then immediately begin to recoup our losses in all 57 states. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/102797b632bdaf5f8fec2496895327bd6cdcfc160eac021afbd00338dc14de84.jpg

  • lspanker

    Barring further information, sounds the work of a certain high-profile loony named Yvette Felarca and her organization BAMN, a bunch of bona-fide fruitcakes who even the other liberals find over-the-top…

  • You can keep your Doctor

    These west coast leftists make me sick…! Its now clear who the ‘racists” are – the violent, intolerant, hateful left is coming out of the closet…

    • Daiseymae

      They are just utter scum.

  • Julie

    California is in trouble! The mentality that seems to permeate in the media against anyone moral, conservative and simply not radicalized by the extreme liberal views is not wanted there. Pelosi even said so!

  • Gerald Jensen

    I suspect these kids who did this vandalism came out of their mother’s large intestine rather than her uterus.

    • Ward Dorrity

      Sinkers or floaters?

      • ScottinVA

        The fat ones tend to float.

    • Deborah Ann Robles-Cory

      I AGREE!

  • J. Chapman

    Sad, but where other than UC-Berkeley would this take place?

    • Michael Anderson

      Oberlin College. Middlebury. Many others.

      • lspanker

        UW-Mad City, Evergreen, et. al.

        • Gadfly156

          Yeah I was going to say Evergreen. They are the worst offenders on a number of these types of counts.

  • Brendajanetorres

    More of the ‘Socialist Left’s’ Censorship….

  • Frank Hornberger

    Gee ~ do you think there may be some illegals at UCBerkley? Standing with their fellow man…

  • James Cole

    Disrespectful dirtbags from berkeley…I’m not surprised.Thats OK President Trump is building the wall and eventually we will deport all these loser/psychos.

  • berthamertz

    Notice how when Democrats can’t win an election they use violance in a Thelma and Louise let’s-go-down-in-glory drama. Democrats lost more than 1,030 seats in state houses, governor’s mansions, and Congress during Obama’s presidency. They use their subversive ACLU, a bias Media, Hollywood limo liberals, anarchists and illegals to try to minimize the President with their class war. Trump got the last laugh as he is the President now.

  • Kit_Jefferson

    Respect is a two way street. Those who show no respect for others deserve no respect. Vandals are nothing more than thugs and hoodlums who only seek to destroy out of spite. It is of particular note to observe that liberals who preach “tolerance” demonstrate that they have absolutely no tolerance at all for those who do not believe as they do.

    • Gadfly156

      Kit I think they have proven they were never about “tolerance” — it was just a club they wielded to make good-hearted folks feel bad and question themselves so these vile parasites could get their way about everything. Vicious small mindedness — nothing to do with tolerance at all!

  • deathwish

    Booby traps, the time has come to resurrect this lost art.

  • Simi S.
  • Leonard smith

    Berkeley is a sewer .

    • Daiseymae

      It needs to be flushed.

  • Sarah Cantori-Ascher

    This was low even for evil libtards, but it won’t happen again. We are posting ARMED lookouts in discreet locations and we won’t hesitate to defend Kate’s shrine with deadly force if needed. Some people don’t deserve to keep on breathing.

  • Celeste Walter

    A felon, one can hope the party/parties who did this find themselves in the presence of such a felon on a dark and lonely street. When I read of the ignorance of following blindly it reminds me of Al Wilson’s song The Snake. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_ZBqpEUbik

  • ScottinVA

    I’m surprised that slimy campus even allowed the presence of that memorial in the first place. The idea of an opposing position in their presence sends them over the edge.

  • Daiseymae

    Disgusting commie pigs!

  • Toro

    example 9,999,999 that illegal aliens and their sympathizers are nothing more than disgusting savage animals

  • OneVoice

    I thought campus was the place where people could express their opinions freely. They are a disgrace for all the students who don’t have the privilege to live in a free world. We should do a swap and send them in Iran, North Korea, Venezuela, Zimbabwe…

  • mallen717

    Making conservatives every day with this nonsense.

  • Jerry S

    Hanging a picture of a white American citizen is “Racist”.
    Because this white American citizen was murdered in cold blood by a Latino illegal from mexico who was previously deported 5 times, only to be freed thanks to Demorat “sanctuary city” policies.
    The message?
    1. If you’re a white American, you deserve to die.
    2. If you protest and demand the right not to be murdered by foreign Latino criminals, you are labeled a “Racist”.