From top: Niccolai Schuster; Eoghan Culligan; Olivia Burke; Eimear Walsh; Ashley Donohoe; and Lorcan Miller
Niccolai Schuster (21), Eoghan Culligan (21), Eimear Walsh (21), Olivia Burke (21), Ashley Donohoe (22) and Lorcan Miller (21) were celebrating a 21st birthday party at a Library Gardens apartment when the balcony collapsed on to the balcony below.
Niccolai Schuster and Eoghan Culligan were former pupils of St Mary’s College in Rathmines, Dublin.
Ashley Donohoe is an Irish-American from Rohnert Park, which is 50 miles north of San Francisco. She and Olivia Burke are cousins.
Seven other people were seriously injured. Berkeley police spokeswoman Jennifer Coats said the survivors’ injuries were “very serious and potentially life-threatening”.
Officer Byron White of the Berkeley Police said 13 people were on the fourth-floor balcony when it collapsed about 12:40 a.m., sending debris and bodies plunging to the street. Less than an hour earlier, the police had received a call of a loud party.
Before and after.
From top: the balcony at Kettredge Street, Berkeley, California before and after the collapse this morning when five Irish students lost their lives.
Outside the apartment block at 2020 Kittredge Street, Berkeley.
Authorities say five people are dead and eight others injured in a balcony collapse in Berkeley [California]. Officer Jennifer Coats of the Berkeley Police Department says many of the injured have critical, life-threatening wounds.
She says police received the call about the incident shortly before 1 a.m. PDT Tuesday. Arriving officers found that the balcony on the fourth floor of an apartment building on Kittredge Street had collapsed.”
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UPDATE at 1.15pm:
Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan has confirmed to RTÉ that the five who died were Irish.