Six international students from Ireland were killed and seven others injured when a balcony at an apartment complex collapsed in Berkeley, California.
Featured photo: Workers inspecting the fourth-floor balcony railing after the collapse. Photo courtesy Jeff Chiu, the Associated Press via The Sacramento Bee
Students gathered to celebrate a 21st birthday Tuesday at the Library Gardens apartment complex near UC Berkeley, a place where many young international students live while attending the university. But the party ended in tragedy.
While a group were on the balcony of the fourth-floor apartment, it collapsed.
The people killed included six students who were Irish citizens. Five were in the U.S. on J-1 visas that allowed them to work and travel for 10 weeks. One had dual Irish-U.S. citizenship.
The victims were Ashley Donohoe, 22, Olivia Burke, 21, Eoghan Culligan, 21, Niccolai Schuster, 21, Lorcan Miller, 21, and Eimear Walsh, 21.
The seven others injured were taken to area hospitals for treatment.
The Library Gardens opened in 2007. Berkeley officials said the balcony that collapsed and three others in the building had been red-tagged and closed to public access. Berkeley officials also said the property owner must perform a structural assessment of the other balconies within 48 hours.