'Not guilty' verdict in Kate Steinle murder trial sparks reaction at Pier 14

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Kate Steinle was shot and killed at San Francisco's Pier 14 in July 2015 while walking with her father.

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People at Pier 14 on the day the verdict was released were stunned.

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"I was really surprised and just shocked as well because someone died, it might have been an accident but a life was lost," said Sara Jay, a San Francisco resident.

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"I don't know that a guilty verdict would have helped them that much but I know that this hurts I'm pretty sure," said Mary Bond, a San Francisco resident.

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At Pier 14 a bench in tribute to Kate Steinle has a plaque that says: "Whatever's good for your soul, do that." Those are the words Kate Steinle posted to her Facebook page the day before her death.

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