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Gruppioni Family Issues Statement
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August 6, 2013
4:38 pm
Bret
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From Shernoff Bidart Echeverria Bentley:

At the request of the family, Gregory L. Bentley of Shernoff Bidart Echeverria Bentley LLP, counsel for the family of Alice Gruppioni, releases the following statement from the family:

The family wishes to express our sincere gratitude for the thoughts and prayers from so many around the world. We appreciate the professional attention and kindness shown by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office while advising us this morning of the impending prosecution of Nathan Louis Campbell.

Alice Gruppioni, Christian Casadei

Newlyweds Alice Gruppioni and Christian Casadei

We also wish to express our heartfelt gratitude to Consul General of Italy, Giuseppe Perrone, for assisting us in expediting arrangements to allow us to bring Alice home.

No words can adequately express the grief and sorrow we are feeling as we mourn the loss of a beautiful person, family member and young bride. Thank you all for your concerns as we begin to search for answers.

August 6, 2013
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An absolute heartbreak for all….what words are there to say for such a travesty.

They did so with such grace.

 

Our turn to figure it out.

 

 

 

August 6, 2013
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I am very sorry for their loss, I cannot imagine the pain of losing someone so loved and young. I hope that they can find peace.

August 6, 2013
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My question. Exactly why even after 9/11 has this type of vehicle egress not been prevented. I live very close to this area and have often seen vehicles, not intending harm, driving accidentally onto the boardwalk. I am baffled as to why it was even possible for this guy to do this. This is a major tourist area, an obvious terrorist possible attack area and yet nothing was ever done to prevent access like this. Why or why is it always putting out fires instead of preventing them?

August 7, 2013
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Pat,

There is so much to do every day to take care of the public areas and to serve the needs of the public which would be severely restricted by preventing motor vehicles onto Ocean Front Walk that simply barricading it is not a reasonable option. Then the problem becomes how to allow onto the walk way vehicles which are needed and keeping out those who do not have any good reason to be on it. That becomes a much more complicated proposition. Until there are very serious consequences from not addressing very complicated propositions, they tend to be put off.

 

August 7, 2013
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Long_time_resident said
Pat,

There is so much to do every day to take care of the public areas and to serve the needs of the public which would be severely restricted by preventing motor vehicles onto Ocean Front Walk that simply barricading it is not a reasonable option. Then the problem becomes how to allow onto the walk way vehicles which are needed and keeping out those who do not have any good reason to be on it. That becomes a much more complicated proposition. Until there are very serious consequences from not addressing very complicated propositions, they tend to be put off.

 

As discussed in a parallel forum, the answer is retractable bollards (if the city can afford them).  Then vehicles that need to enter can, and those not supposed to be there are kept out. 

August 7, 2013
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Long time:

 

That is precisely my point. This is what we get from government continuously, no prevention, just reaction to events. Someone has to give their life before the obvious issue is attended to. On other posts here we see continuously issues with accidents at Pacific and Brooks. It is a simple fix and yet nothing is done and won't be until there is a fatality. Check out the signal system at Pacific and Washington. Did someone have to die to get that done? I don't really know but suspect so. That type of signal system would definitely help at Pacific/Brooks.

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