Mother of Californian woman 'shot dead at random' by illegal Mexican immigrant who had been deported FIVE TIMES condemns officials who let him stay

Mother of Californian woman 'shot dead at random' by illegal Mexican immigrant who had been deported FIVE TIMES condemns officials who let him stay
By Kieran Corcoran
4 July 2015

The family of a California woman who was allegedly shot dead by an illegal Mexican immigrant have criticized officials who didn't hand him over after he was jailed just months before the attack.

Grieving relatives of Kathryn Steinle, 32, who was shot dead on San Francisco's Pier 14 Thursday night, made the comments in light of revelations that alleged killer Francisco Sanchez, 45, had already been sent back over the border five times. Immigration officials said that they had made him a 'priority' request for any law enforcement officers who picked him up. But when he was arrested over marijuana four months ago in San Francisco he was let go, in accordance with city policy designed to give 'sanctuary' to undocumented migrants.


Random slaying: Kathryn Steinle (left), 32, was shot to death, apparently at random, by alleged shooter Francisco Sanchez (right) while walking with her father and a friend along a popular pedestrian pier on the San Francisco waterfront in broad daylight

Speaking to NBC Bay Area, Steinle's mother, Liz Sullivan, said: 'It would have been so much better if he were gone. Absolutely.'

The comments, made Friday, came around the same time that presidential candidate Donald Trump weighed in on the killing, claiming is proves U.S. border controls are 'totally out of control', and need to be bolstered by a solid wall along the nation's southern frontier. From his Twitter page, the would-be Republican nominee shared a link to coverage of the attack and said: 'Our Southern border is totally out of control. This is an absolutely disgraceful situation. We need border security!' He then continued: 'Our Southern border is unsecure [sic]. I am the only one that can fix it, nobody else has the guts to even talk about it.'

It came as immigration officials revealed that Sanchez should have been sent to them when he was arrested four months ago, but was let go in accordance with San Francisco's 'sanctuary city' policy. Immigration and Customs Enforcement had marked him as an 'enforcement priority' who should have been handed over immediately. But San Francisco officials admitted that due to a soft policy on undocumented immigrants, they do not always comply with the requests - which in Sanchez's case left him out on the streets on the night of the murder. Half an hour after his opening salvo, Trump also added a message of condolence to Steinle's family, also taking the opportunity to add 'we need a wall!'.

Since the Thursday killing, reports have revealed how Sanchez was already on probation out of Texas and should have been sent to federal authorities as an 'enforcement priority' following a Bay Area arrest four months ago. Records indicate Sanchez had seven previous felony convictions and has been deported to Mexico on five separate occasions. However, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was never notified of that latest arrest before Steinle's slaying. And he was instead allowed to walk free from a San Francisco jail. The arrest was on a charge of selling marijuana, for which prosecutors declined to charge him. The date on which Sanchez was last released has not been disclosed.


'Dad, help me': Steinle's father immediately began CPR before paramedics rushed his daughter to the hospital

Standard protocol called for sheriffs - who ran the jail where Sanchez was last detained - to notify police upon his release, which they did not. ICE spokeswoman Virginia Kice said Sanchez had a 'detainer' on his status, meaning federal officials had flagged him for detention with notification sent to state and local authorities. Sanchez's felonies, four of which involved drugs, took place across multiple states including Texas, Oregon and Arizona. He also had a slew of phony birth dates and aliases, says a source at KNTV.

The victim's grief-stricken family members, meanwhile, have already spoken out in tribute of their beloved daughter and sister. Kate's mother, 69-year-old Liz Sullivan, recounted the first moments of their family's nightmare to the San Francisco Chronicle. 'She just kept saying, 'Dad, help me, help me.'' Her father immediately began CPR before paramedics rushed the woman to the hospital. 'She fought for her life,' Sullivan said.

Police arrested Francisco Sanchez about an hour after the shooting. Authorities said he does not yet have a lawyer. According to CBS San Francisco, the 45-year-old was on probation out of Texas at the time of the shooting. After making the arrest, divers were sent into the murky depths of the bay around Pier 14 and discovered a firearm, though it was not immediately clear if it was this crime's murder weapon.


Family bond:Kate Steinle with brother Brad. The family of a San Francisco woman who was killed in a seemingly random act of violence is mourning her loss as police continue to search for a motive

Police Sergeant Michael Andraychak said witnesses snapped photos of Sanchez immediately after the shooting and the images helped police make the arrest while he was walking on a sidewalk a few blocks away. Steinle's family told police the shooting was completely random. 'There were no words exchanged between the suspect and the victim,' said Sgt. Michael Andraychak. 'The victim said something to her family members to the extent that she didn't feel well, that she just realized something had taken place and she fell to the ground.'

Source: Daily Mail