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German soccer star sends message

Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger was one of those to send a message of condolence following the deaths of six students in a balcony collapse in the US.

The German World Cup winner was pictured with one of the victims, Niccolai Schuster, who was wearing an autographed shirt of the team's famous red and white home strip, in an image circulated on social media.

"The message is making me very sad. I wish you, the family and all relatives of Nick much strength for this difficult time. I also would like to send my deep-felt condolences to all other people who were affected by this tragedy ," Schweinsteiger wrote.

Mr Schuster, a University College Dublin student,was pictured with his arm round the footballer, prompting the response.

Schweinsteiger, captain of Germany, posted the message online after a request from one of the 21-year-old's friends.

Elsewhere on social media some of the injured and relatives left messages of thanks to those who have supported them in the days since the tragedy in Berkeley, California.

One of those in hospital after the incident, Sean Fahey, posted a street art image of "Berkeley Six - Rest in Paradise" and said "Thanks everyone for the support in such a dark time RIP."

Mike Beary, who's daughter Aoife was being treated, urged prayers for the families of the deceased and injured and marked his tweet with #thefightingirish.

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