Man Utd to hold minute's silence in memory of Berkeley victims

Man Utd to hold minute's silence in memory of Berkeley victims

A MINUTE of silence will be held before Manchester United’s pre-season game in California tonight, in memory of the six Irish students who died in the Berkeley balcony collapse.

The tribute will take place tonight as the Red Devils take on the San Jose Earthquakes in a pre-season friendly.

Man United’s latest signing – German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger – was the favourite footballer of Niccolai (Nick) Schuster, who lost his life in the tragedy.

In the days after Nick’s death, Schweinsteiger posted a tribute to the 21-year-old University College Dublin student.

“The news makes me very sad. I wish... Nick’s family a lot of strength for this difficult time,” he wrote, sharing a picture of himself with Nick.

Along with Lorcán Miller, Eoghan Culligan, Olivia Burke, Eimear Walsh and Ashley Donohoe, Nick was killed when the balcony they were socialising on fell four floors (40 feet) to street level.

Seven others were left in hospitals across California – hundreds of thousands of dollars have been raised to help their families cope with the costs of the medical care they need.

The game will begin after the minute’s silence tonight at 3.30am British time.