Watch Kate Steinle's Dad Deliver Emotional Testimony at Senate Hearing
Kate Steinle's father remembered his last moments with his daughter when he testified today before the Senate Judiciary Committee during a hearing on sanctuary city policies.
Authorities say Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, an illegal immigrant who was deported five times, gunned down the 32-year-old woman on a San Francisco pier earlier this month.
“The day she was killed we were walking arm-in-arm on Pier 14 in San Francisco enjoying a wonderful day together,” Jim Steinle recalled in today’s emotional testimony. “Suddenly a shot rang out. Kate fell and looked at me and said, ‘Help me dad.’ Those are the last words I will ever hear from my daughter.”
Steinle remembered his daughter as a beautiful, kind, loving woman who was deep in faith and had a contagious laugh. He said that she traveled extensively and “shined the light of a good citizen of the United States of America” everywhere that she went.
“Unfortunately, due to disjointed laws and basic incompetence on many levels, the U.S. has suffered a self-inflicted wound in the murder of our daughter by the hand of a person that should have never been on the streets of this country,” Steinle said.
Watch the testimony below.