Back in 2015, 32-year-old Kate Steinle lost her life when an undocumented immigrant discharged a gun, shooting and killing the San Francisco resident.
This incident attracted national attention after it was determined that the undocumented immigrant, Ines Garcia Zarate had been deported five times and was released from a San Francisco jail after a drug charge even though there was a federal request to hold him for deportation to Mexico once again.
Two years following the incident, a jury spent six days deliberating the murder and manslaughter charges that were placed on Zarate as a result of the tragic shooting. While the defense agreed that the incident was a tragic one, they deemed that the gun that he was holding had been discharged accidentally when it ricocheted for 78 feet before hitting and killing Kate Steinle.
The end result was Zarate being convicted of a lesser charge of being a felon in possession of a gun and the defense found him not guilty of the murder of Keat Steinle.
As to be expected, the result was not what the family was hoping for and they are distraught over the fact that their daughter’s already illegal murderer is now essentially off the hook after he took the life of an innocent woman.
“Justice was rendered, but it was not served,” said Jim Steinle, Kate’s father.
The incident unfolded when Kate, her father Jim and a friend were walking along Pier 14 in the Embarcadero district of San Francisco. While on the innocent walk, Kate was shot by Zarate, who claimed that he had been aiming at a sea lion. He then changed his story saying that he accidentally fired the gun after he had found it wrapped in a cloth underneath the bench he had been sitting on. As a result of her injuries, Steinle died in the hospital two hours later.
The crime instantly spurred national attention and enhanced the arguments over sanctuary cities, considering the shooting occurred in San Francisco, which was deemed a sanctuary city several years ago. Those cities that are known as sanctuary cities, limit the cooperation with the national government effort to enforce immigration law.
When President Donald Trump gave his acceptance speech he mentioned Steinle and his plans to deport criminal illegal immigrants living in the United States.
In response to the verdict on Kate Steinle’s case, Trump shared the following on Twitter…
“A disgraceful verdict in the Kate Steinle case. No wonder the people of our country are so angry with illegal immigration.”
Several commenters agreed with Trump’s statement and responded with the following…
“We need to build the wall so this never happens to another innocent American citizen again.”
“If we had a wall, Kate Steinle would still be alive.”
One commenter even made a meme that said the following…
“It’s not a sanctuary city. It’s called harboring fugitives.”
And there were others who still felt that Trump was in the wrong but instead of giving a reason why, one simply said…
“I hate you.”
Sometimes it’s just a reason for people to vent and they end up getting off the topic completely.