Families of Victims Slain by Illegal Aliens React to Not-Guilty Verdict in Kate Steinle Murder Case

December 1, 2017 Updated: December 1, 2017

Parents of victims killed by illegal aliens reacted with outrage when illegal alien, Jose Garcia Zarate, was found not guilty of the murder of 32-year-old Kate Steinle.

Zarate was charged with murder in connection with the July 1, 2015, killing of Steinle on a San Francisco pier. The prosecution and defense agreed that Zarate fired the bullet that killed Steinle.

The defense argued that the gun discharged accidentally, while prosecutors said that the murder was intentional. The jury ultimately decided that it was an accident.

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Illegal alien Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, arrested in connection with the July 1, 2015, shooting of Kate Steinle on a pier in San Francisco is led into the Hall of Justice for his arraignment in San Francisco, California, U.S. on July 7, 2015. (REUTERS/Michael Macor/Pool/File Photo)

Garcia Zarate, 45, was deported to Mexico five times since first entering the United States as a juvenile. He was ultimately found guilty of the lesser charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm, said Max Szabo, a spokesman for the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office.

Sabine Durden, the mother of Dominic Durden, a 911 operator slain by an illegal alien, took to Twitter to express her shock about the verdict.

“I can’t even think straight because of this insult to all Americans and legal immigrants,” Durden wrote.

Durden’s son was struck and killed by a twice-convicted drunk driver on July 12, 2012. The man was also in the country illegally.

Mary Ann Mendoza, the mother of police officer Brandon Mendoza, who was killed by an illegal alien, wrote:

“A HUGE slap to all the faces of Americans killed by ILLEGAL CRIMINALS today. Where in the hell is the justice system headed?!? Protection for illegals and nothing for AMERICANS!!! We need to unite and fight this BS”

Mendoza’s son was killed on May 12, 2014, by an illegal alien who had three times the legal alcohol limit in his system and was high on methamphetamine.

Jamiel Shaw Sr., the father of slain high school student Jamiel Shaw Jr., reiterated the call to “build the wall,” referring to President Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall on the southern border of the United States to stem the flow of illegal aliens into the country.

“Another case of an illegal alien getting away with murder,” Shaw Sr. wrote.

Steve Ronnebeck, the father of Grant Ronnebeck, wrote on Facebook that the not-guilty verdict is a dangerous precedent.

“Absolutely stunned and sickened by the verdict out of San Francisco today,” Ronnebeck wrote. “There is no justice for Kate Steinle or her family. There is no justice for any victim of illegal immigrant crime. This is a dangerous precedent people! It is a sad and scary day!”

Ronnebeck’s 21-year-old son was shot in the face and killed by an illegal alien in 2015.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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