A memorial service remembering the life and legacy of Kate Steinle, a Pleasanton native who was killed in San Francisco last week while visiting Pier 14, saw about 400 friends and family members fill the Ruby Hill Winery's event hall Thursday afternoon.
Attendees reflected on Steinle's kindness, friendliness and ability to see joy in everyday life.
Steinle's best friends from Pleasanton, her travels abroad and her other key points in her life spoke. Her boyfriend, brother, sister-in-law and parents also offered tribute to Steinle's generosity and sense of wonder about the world.
They spoke in broken voices but emphasized that their lives are better for knowing and loving Steinle. Her mother spoke of how she'd given away a coat to a homeless person who was cold, and friends said she went well out of her way to make anyone feel at home, even a stranger.
A rendition of Lee Ann Womack's "I Hope You Dance" and a family slideshow were played for attendees.
Her family asked guests to hug their families, make amends with any broken ties and to love deeply every day.
Steinle, an Amador Valley High alumna, saw life as a celebration, and speakers at her memorial asked guests to spread Steinle's enthusiasm as they go about their lives.
Steinle died July 1 after she was shot. Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, an undocumented immigrant, was charged in connection with her death and pleaded not guilty to a murder charge.
Steinle's death had spurred debates on immigration and sanctuary city laws, which limit officials' ability to act on undocumented immigrants' status.
Steinle's family asked attendees at the funeral to avoid politicizing her death and to honor Steinle by reflecting on her life.
Steinle is survived by her parents, Jim Steinle and Liz Sullivan, of Pleasanton, and her brother, Brad Steinle.