Brother of Las Vegas shooting victim Jennifer Irvine urges educator-only pension to divest in guns

Posted at 2:35 PM, Nov 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-01 20:31:53-04

SACRAMENTO (KGTV) -- Wednesday, State Treasurer John Chiang and the brother of one of the Las Vegas shooting victims called on board members of an educator-only pension fund to stop investing in the sellers of military-style assault weapons, ammunition and other devices banned in California.

Jason Irvine, the brother of slain San Diego attorney Jennifer Irvine (pictured below), said he found out his sister had been shot the morning after the shooting when his sister’s friends called him.

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Irvine recalled the moment on Wednesday saying, “I was told that Jennifer was dancing and having the time of her life one moment, and then shot dead through the head in the next.”

CalSTRS is the largest educator-only pension fund in the world, according to their website. As of September, the fund managed a portfolio worth more than $215 billion.

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“Why would CalSTRS invest the money of school teachers in companies that sell weapons that injure and kill school teachers,” Irvine said of CalSTRS.

“No brother should have to bury his sister or receive her ashes in a box because she was shot by a military-style weapon,” said Irvine.

A number of gun law advocates also spoke out at the event.