Accused San Francisco Pier ‘Random Murder’ Shooter Was Illegal Mexican Immigrant Who’d Been Deported Five Times

Kathryn Steinle
Kathryn Steinle

Update:  The gun used to kill a 32-year-old woman on San Francisco’s waterfront was stolen from a federal agent in a car burglary in June, sources close to the investigation said Tuesday, reported The San Francisco chronicle.

Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez entered a plea of not quilty in Spanish. The judge set bail at $5 million. Sanchez could face life in prision if convicted. DailyMail

Kathryn Steinle, 32,  was shot to death in broad daylight,  at random, while walking with her father and a friend along San Francisco’s Pier 14  on Wednesday,

‘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.’  DailyMail

Detained for the murder is Francisco Sanchez an illegal alien with seven prior felony convictions, four of which were for drug charges.   His convictions took place in Texas, Oregon and Arizona. Sanchez had been deported five prior times.

Kate Steinle with her mother Liz, her father Jim, and her brother Brad at her father’s 65 birthday celebration.

 Just hours after the horrific slaying at Pier 14, the tight-knit parents and brother of Kathryn ‘Kate’ Steinle, were still coming to grips with the senseless killing, but had no trouble finding words to describe how special Kate was.

‘She was the most wonderful, loving caring person and if anybody could take anything from this — if you love somebody, just tell them that you love them,’ said brother Brad Steinle.   

‘We loved Kate, and I will love her till the day I die,’ Brad told ABC 7 as he fought off tears. ‘I had the best 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.” DailyMail

Sanchez was on probation from Texas and four months ago was arrested and released in the Bay Area for a marijuana arrest. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement  had turned Francisco Sanchez over to authorities in San Francisco on March 26 on an outstanding drug warrant. There was an ICE ‘detainer’, meaning he should have been held and turned over to federal immigration officials instead of being released.

But that’s not the way the San Francisco County Sheriff’s Legal Counsel Freya Horne sees it. In an interview Friday with NBC Bay Area, she said the city and county of San Francisco are sanctuaries for immigrants, and do not turn over undocumented people – if they don’t have active warrants out for them – simply because immigration officials want them to…

San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr told NBC Bay Area that prosecutors, back in April, declined to charge Sanchez with any crime for the marijuana sales, and the jail, which is run by the sheriff, never notified police, which is standard protocol.

Gatpandan added that San Francisco is a “sanctuary city, so we do not hand over people to ICE.” She also said that the police are “not responsible” for Sanchez once he is booked into county jail, “meaning we do not have control over his release.”

Sanctuary cities, which are dotted throughout the United States, don’t inquire about an immigrant’s status for the federal government. It has no legal meaning, but is a de facto practice of a particular city. NBCBayArea

Kathryn Steinle’s death was preventable with an immigration policy and laws that are enforced to protect this country’s citizens.  How horrible for the Steinle family, they have lost a beautiful daughter and sister.

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