Pier 14 shooting victim’s father focusing on his daughter’s memory


PLEASANTON (KRON) — The Steinle family said they are aware of the latest revelations about the suspect’s criminal history and recent release from jail, but chose not to talk about it Friday.

45-year-old Fancisco Sanchez is accused of shooting and killing 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle, of San Francisco Wednesday night on San Francisco’s Embarcadero in a random act of violence.

But KRON 4 talked to the victim’s father in front of his Pleasanton home. He said the family is choosing to focus on his daughter’s memory.

He also said his daughter lived a great life, and was a world traveler who made a lot of friends. Her father said she was a good, kind-hearted person.

“Kate was just a person who affected a lot of people and that’s a good thing,” Jim Steinle said.

He and his family want to give their thanks to the officers who responded, and eventually caught the suspect.

“Once 911 calls came in, you lost count to the amount of police that came there,” he said. “It’s not going to bring Kate back. Again them finding the guy, and justice will work it’s way through the system.”

They also want to express gratiude to the people who have left flowers at the pier at the makeshift memorial for the hope it gives them.

“It tells me that love is going to triumph over evil,” he said.

The family said they are in the planning stages for Kate’s memorial, but said they are in no hurry because Kate made so many friends during her travels. They said they want to give them time to be able to make it to the Bay Area, so they can pay their respects.

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