Student injured in Berkeley tragedy thanks public for support in 'such a dark time'
Irish Consul assisting as heartbroken parents arrive in San Francisco
Published 18/06/2015 | 02:30
One of the students injured in the Berkeley tragedy on Monday night has thanked the public for their support during "such a dark time".
Sean Fahey, from Rathmines, who is recovering from his injuries in hospital has thanked everyone for their well wishes online.
The injured man also paid tribute to the six friends who died in the accident.
The 21-year-old wrote: “Thanks everyone for the support in such a dark time RIP”.
He also uploaded an image of street art onto his page which read: “Berkeley six rest in paradise”.
Parents and relatives of the Irish students killed and injured in the balcony collapse have started to arrive in San Francisco.
The parents of Aoife Beary and Hannah Waters, both of whom are in a critical condition in an Oakland Hospital, arrived in the city on Tuesday night.
Family members of the five Irish victims who died in the tragedy flew out from Dublin Airport yesterday on an Aer Lingus flight and arrived in San Francisco last night.
They were met by consul officials and later met the coroner to discuss repatriating the bodies of their children home to Ireland in the coming days.
Mike Beary, the father of Aoife who last night remained in a critical condition, thanked friends, work colleagues and parishoners in Foxrock for their support.
In a message posted on his Twitter account, he wrote: "We are with Aoife now by her side and she has excellent care."
In another post, he wrote: "Our prayers are with the bereaved: we fight for the survivors: thanks to everyone for huge support."
Mr Beary also thanked gardaí in Blackrock Garda Station for the escort as they dashed to Dublin Airport on Tuesday to catch the first available flight to San Francisco.
Meanwhile, Greystar, the management company which runs the Library Gardens apartment complex where the six young students died, said their representatives are liaising with students who have been living in the building.
A company representative said she was helping Irish students to find alternative accommodation in a nearby hotel.
USIT and SAYIT said they have been liaising with their counterparts to offer practical support to families and friends of those affected by the tragedy.