Courtesy GiveForward

Fundraisers for Embarcadero homicide victim Kathryn Steinle gaining support

A memorial fund on the website GiveForward has launched in memory of Kathryn Steinle, who lost her life in an apparent random shooting and will be buried Thursday afternoon in Pleasanton, where her family resides.

With 277 donations as of Wednesday night, the fundraiser logged $22,640, 56 percent to its goal of $40,000, to be given to her family.

Steinle, a 32-year-old San Francisco resident, was standing on Pier 14 off The Embarcadero on July 1 with her father and a family friend when she was shot from a pistol allegedly fired by Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez.

“Her passing is an immense tragedy for us all, and for her family most poignantly,” the GiveForward site reads. “Please use this space to convey a few memories and/or photos of Kate — they will stay here for us to reflect on, and may even bring the gift of a smile in this time of grief.”

A separate fundraiser on the platform GoFundMe, created by Steinle’s sister-in-law Maegan Warehouse Puleo, raised $32,151 of its $50,000 goal in four days.

“Though there are two different sites, they are both working toward the same goal of raising funds to offset costs of the funeral, and to promote Kate’s legacy and the causes that were close to her heart,” wrote Hung Ly, a co-worker of Steinle and the funds manager for the GiveForward campaign.

Steinle’s funeral will be held at Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery, located at 410 Vineyard Ave. in Pleasanton.

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