Berkeley tragedy reverberates through a community

Last week’s balcony tragedy has left Irish J1 students shocked, grieving and keenly aware of their own mortality. J1 student Sinéad Loftus reports from Berkeley

21st June, 2015
Photographs of some of the victims rest against a bench as mourners stand in silent vigil during a memorial service held the day after the tragedy Picture: Getty

No one put it better than Berkeley’s mayor, Tom Bates. Quoting lines from WH Auden’s poem on the passing of WB Yeats, Bates referred to the morning of June 16 as a “dark, dark day”.

The mood in the Bay Area city has not changed since. Berkeley, nestled between Oakland and Richmond, east of San Francisco, is a hub for Irish students all year round. Many Irish students settle here...

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