Share your reflections on the Berkeley deaths
Six students died and seven were injured after balcony collapsed during party in California
Flowers and cards mark a makeshift memorial near the scene of an apartment building balcony collapse in Berkeley, which killed five Irish and one Irish-American student. Photograph: Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters
Philip Grant, Ireland’s Consul General in San Francisco, and Neil Sands of the Irish Network Bay Area place an Irish flag at the scene of the balcony collapse at Library Gardens Apartments in downtown Berkeley. Photograph: Jim Wilson/The New York Times
Irish people at home and abroad are in shock after the sad news of the death of five Irish and one Irish-American student in Berkeley, California yesterday after a balcony collapsed during a 21st birthday party in the university town.
Books of condolence have been opened at the Mansion House in Dublin, City Hall in Cork, City Hall in Galway, and online on the UCD website.
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