Mom of woman allegedly killed by Mexican immigrant: Trump using daughter's death 'for political platform'

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Donald Trump Reacts to Illegal Mexican Immigrant Shooting California Woman

A horrifying killing in San Francisco is adding fuel to the fire over immigration. Thirty-two-year-old Kathryn Steinle was taking a stroll with her father along a popular pier when she was shot to death by an illegal Mexican immigrant for no apparent reason. Francisco Sanchez has already been deported from the U.S. an astounding five times.

In a jailhouse interview, Sanchez made it clear he did it but it was an accident.

Kathryn's heartbroken parents say they hope politics won't enter the mourning over their daughter's death.

Her father told reporters: "She was just a young woman, starting to be in her prime. Had so much to live for and to die so senselessly is terrible."

The Internet reacts to the tragedy:

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Mom of woman allegedly killed by Mexican immigrant: Trump using daughter's death 'for political platform'
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - In this undated mugshot photo posted July 2, 2015 by the San Francisco Police Department, Francisco Sanchez is shown after his arrest on homicide charges. The 45-year-old Sanchez is being held in the shooting death of 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle, who was walking with her father along the waterfront July 1 when the shooting occurred., according to published reports. (Photo by San Francisco Police Department via Getty Images)
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San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi gestures during an interview Monday, July 6, 2015, in San Francisco. Mirkarimi has defended the release of Francisco Sanchez from jail on April 15, who is now accused in the shooting death of a woman at a popular tourist site. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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Father Cameron Faller, second left, of Restorative Justice Ministry conducts a vigil for Kathryn Steinle, Monday, July 6, 2015, on Pier 14 in San Francisco. Steinle was gunned down while out for an evening stroll at Pier 14 with her father and a family friend on Wednesday, July 1. (AP Photo/Beck Diefenbach)
A mourner lays down flowers following a vigil for Kathryn Steinle, Monday, July 6, 2015, on Pier 14 in San Francisco. Steinle was gunned down while out for an evening stroll at Pier 14 with her father and a family friend on Wednesday, July 1. (AP Photo/Beck Diefenbach)
Flowers and a candle lay on the ground following a vigil for Kathryn Steinle, Monday, July 6, 2015, on Pier 14 in San Francisco. Steinle was gunned down while out for an evening stroll at Pier 14 with her father and a family friend on Wednesday, July 1. (AP Photo/Beck Diefenbach)
Father Cameron Faller, of Restorative Justice Ministry, answers questions before a vigil for Kathryn Steinle, Monday, July 6, 2015, on Pier 14 in San Francisco. Steinle was shot and killed on Wednesday, July 1st on Pier 14. Francisco Sanchez was arrested for the shooting. (AP Photo/Beck Diefenbach)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JULY 06: Father Cameron Faller (R), associate pastor at the Church of the Epiphany, and Julio Escobar (L) with the Archdiocese of San Francisco Restorative Justice Ministry conduct a prayer service at the site where 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle was killed on July 6, 2015 in San Francisco, California. According to police, Steinle was shot and killed by Francisco Sanchez as she walked with her father on San Francisco's Pier 14 on July 1. Sanchez had been previously deported five times. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Kathryn's heartbroken parents, Jim Steinle and Liz Sullivan, later spoke to INSIDE EDITION's Megan Alexander about their daughter's final moments.

Her father said: "We went for a walk and walked down to the pier, looked out over the pier, turned around and came back and heard a pop. Katlyn went down and said, 'Help me, dad.'"

Her parents want the world to know about their daughter's great spirit.

"She was just a blossoming young woman finding her way in this world. It was just such a beautiful thing to see," said Liz.

In a statement Donald Trump points to the killing and says Kathryn violent death is exactly what he's talking about. He said: "This is an absolutely disgraceful situation and I am the only one that can fix it. Nobody else has the guts to even talk about it. That won't happen if I become president."

Alexander asked the emotional parents: "What did you make of Donald Trump commenting on the tragedy and calling for a tougher policy on illegal immigration?"

"You know, he is using it for his political platform," Liz said.

"We have no comment," her father interjected.

Katheryn's family has set up a GoFundMe page to send donations in her honor. For more information, click here.

Meanwhile, the other Republican Party candidates are directing their fire at Trump.

Jeb Bush said: "He's doing this to inflame and to incite and to draw attention which seems to be the organizing principle of his campaign."

Chris Christie said on CBS This Morning: "I've said that the comments he made are inappropriate and have no place in the race. Even though I like him. He's been a friend for 13 years. But sometimes even good friends of yours say things you don't agree with."

One Republican candidate, Ted Cruz, the son of Cuban immigrants came to Trump's defense, saying on Meet the Press: "I salute Donald Trump for focusing on the need to address illegal immigration."

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Meantime, Donald Trump has other thoughts on the current Miss Universe, Paulina Vega.

Paulina Vega is calling Trump's controversial comments about illegal Mexican immigrants "hurtful and unfair."



Now, Trump is blasting back on Twitter calling Vega a "hypocrite" for saying she'll keep her crown and finish out her reign.

All this comes as the Miss USA pageant finds a home on the cable TV network, Reelz, which has purchased broadcast rights to air the pageant this Sunday following NBC's refusal to air the show.

Read: Donald Trump's Miss USA Pageant Has Found a New Home

INSIDE EDITION's Les Trent spoke with Reelz CEO Stanley Hubbard who said: "We're going to give all those contestants their day in the sun. We're not doing this for Donald Trump. We're doing this for the pageant to have an iconic American tradition of television be on our network. And people are going to find out network because of this and that's why we're doing it."

Trent asked: "How did this whole thing transpire?"

Hubbard said: "I'm not friends with Donald Trump, I don't know Donald Trump. All of our communications have been with the pageant official's their selves."

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