Six people died including Ashley Donohoe, 22, of Rohnert Park, and Olivia Burke, Eoghan Colligan, Niccolai Schuster, Lorean Miller and Eimear Walsh, all of whom were 21 and from Ireland. Beary was among the seven people injured and suffered a traumatic brain injury, broken bones and organ lacerations. She received open heart surgery after the incident.
A thorough examination of the balcony and apartment complex, which was constructed between 2005 and 2007, revealed extensive dry rot damage in the wooden support beams holding up the structure. Segue Construction of Pleasanton, the contractor that built the balcony, lost its license in a 2017 settlement with the California Contractors State License Board.
Then a student pursuing a degree in pharmacology at the University College Dublin, Beary graduated in 2016.
"Aoife dealt with the devastating impact of her accident with great bravery and fortitude,” read a statement from the college’s Dean of Science Joe Carthy. “She will be greatly missed by her family and wide circle of friends.”
The year after the collapse, Beary testified before state lawmakers in support of SB465, a bill that would require the California Contractors State License Board to more closely scrutinize shoddy construction and whether existing building standards need to be updated.
“I miss my friends so much,” said Beary at the time. “I had known them since we started school together at 4 years of age. We had grown up together. And now my birthday will always be their anniversary.”
The state senate unanimously passed the legislation, and it was signed into law later that year.
Beary was admitted to Beaumont Hospital in Dublin on Dec. 29, where she died three days later. She is survived by her parents, Mike and Angela, her brother, Tim and her sister, Anna.