Kate Steinle – She Had Dreams Too
by Kathy Rose
City Beach was the tranquil setting for a vigil for Kate Steinle: a young life taken; her murderer acquitted. The evening of December 20, 2017 was calm and bright. Even though many were still out of power in their homes, 15 determined souls held a vigil honoring Kate and calling out the injustice of the court system. Many more were committed to attend but the recent snowstorm would not allow it.
In July of 2015 Kate Steinle, 32, was shot and killed with a Sig Sauer .40-caliber handgun as she and her father, Jim walked on San Francisco’s Pier 14. Shot by an illegal alien who was deported from the US five times, most recently in 2009. He was on probation in Texas at the time of the shooting and had seven felony convictions. Yet he was in San Francisco because it is a sanctuary city.
On November 30th, 2017, tragedy struck again when a San Francisco jury found the shooter of this American not guilty on the charge of murder although he admitted to shooting the gun. Kate’s father, stated, “Justice was rendered, but it was not served.”
Representative Trey Gowdy (R-SC) stated that “those of us who have daughters, saw our daughters in Kate Steinle.” Attorney General Jeff Sessions released a statement, stating that San Francisco’s position as a sanctuary city “led to the preventable and heartbreaking death of Kate Steinle.”
President Trump tweeted this in response to the verdict: “A disgraceful verdict in the Kate Steinle case! No wonder the people of our Country are so angry with Illegal Immigration.”
Many of North Idaho’s residents are originally from California and feel strongly about this injustice. The idea for the Bonner County vigil, was spearheaded by Monique Hutchings. “The injustice delivered to the Steinle family was a tipping point for me personally. How many more do we have to endure before America does something?” explained Hutchings.
Many others jumped right in to help organize the event, including Anita Perry and Victoria Zeischegg. Perry said, “I found it so heartwarming that people, whom I did not expect to see, came out on a cold night, trudged through snow and over ice, and assembled to honor Kate. Her murder has touched more people than we know, and continues to do so.”
The event stared with a prayer lead by Pastor Ken Lawrence of the River of Life Fellowship of Sandpoint. Kate’s story was then read and people shared their thoughts. Luminaries were lit and allowed to float skyward on the gentle breeze over Lake Pend Oreille. It was a beautiful sight.
On display were posters showing over 300 Americans that have been murdered in just the last 10 years on American soil by illegals. If that’s an indicator, the list of Americans who have been victims of rape, theft, and other crimes at the hand of illegals, must be extremely long.
Just days before her death, Steinle updated the cover photo on her Facebook page with the saying, “Whatever is good for your soul — do that.” Everyone involved in the vigil agreed that remembering and honoring her this way, was good for their soul.
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