Beary, a Dubliner, and five of the six others killed in the collapse, had been working in the US on short-term visas — known as the J-1 summer work travel program — which Irish students can use to spend time living and working in a US city of their choice.
一个 2015 report into the collapse found that the balcony had decayed to the point of severe dry rot, which had affected the joists supporting the deck
, and the balcony support was also suffering from
“other moisture-related damage.
The apartment building was less than 10 years old at the time of the incident.
Beary was severely injured in the collapse, suffering a serious brain injury, broken bones and organ lacerations, according to the Irish Times. The newspaper also reported that Beary underwent open-heart surgery following the fall.
在 2016, she testified before California state lawmakers during a hearing on a bill that would make construction businesses more transparent. The bill was passed later that year.
No criminal charges were brought as a result of the tragedy, but the families of the victims reached a settlement with some of the companies involved in the apartment block’s construction, management and maintenance, according to the BBC.
In an interview with RTÉ Radio 1’s “Morning Ireland” program on Monday, one of Beary’s former college professors, Orina Belton, head of Pharmacology at University College Dublin (UCD), paid tribute to her, 说: “Aoife really was an incredible student… Following Berkeley, in the face of the tragedy and those horrific events, Aoife became a real beacon of hope and courage in life and determination.”