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December 8, 2016

Berkeley News

Still reeling from the Oakland warehouse fire that claimed 36 lives — including five people with ties to UC Berkeley — the campus community gathered today for a solemn vigil at Zellerbach Hall intended, in the words of Chancellor Nicholas Dirks, “to mourn, remember and celebrate those whose absence we are only now beginning to confront and accept.”

December 7, 2016

SF Gate

"He was probably the most memorable undergraduate student I've had in my years of teaching," said Luba Golburt, an associate professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, recalling the young man who was among 36 people to die in Friday night's horrific warehouse fire in Oakland.

"He had a luminous away about him, a quest for knowledge, and an enthusiasm for learning things," Golburt said, adding that her colleagues shared the same sentiment. "We all remember him very fondly."

The Daily Californian

Vanessa Plotkin, a UC Berkeley student, and Griffin Madden, a UC Berkeley alumnus, have been identified as victims in the Oakland fire that occurred Friday, according to a press release issued by the city of Oakland on Tuesday night.

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Berkeley News

The campus will hold a memorial service Thursday, December 8th from 12 to 1 pm at Zellerbach Hall.

The official death toll from Oakland's warehouse fire has been updated to include two UC Berkeley students, two recent graduates and a community volunteer at the campus radio station.The Berkeley campus is grieving the losses and is mourning along with the families, wide circles of friends, coworkers and others who knew the young people in and out of the classroom, and in the Bay Area arts community.


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December 6, 2016

The New York Times

For Americans horrified by the fatal fire in Oakland, many did the only thing they could: open their wallets.

Hundreds of thousands of dollars have poured into two principal fund-raising campaigns since the warehouse fire in the city's Fruitvale neighborhood on Friday left at least 36 people dead.

"We are overwhelmed with the amount of support," said Josette Melchor, founder of Gray Area Foundation for the Arts in San Francisco, which set up a fund-raising drive on on Saturday.