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Family of Kate Steinle Set to File Lawsuit — Here's Who They Plan to Sue

A large photo of Kathryn "Kate" Steinle who was killed by an illegal immigrant in San Francisco, is shown while her dad Jim Steinle testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, July 21, 2015 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

The family of Kate Steinle is set to announce a lawsuit Tuesday against San Fransisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Bureau of Land Management, multiple local media outlets reported Monday night.

Steinle was shot and killed last month by an illegal immigrant with a criminal record who had been deported several times, police said. Federal authorities had asked Mirkarimi to hold accused killer Francisco Lopez Sanchez, but because of San Fransisco's status as a sanctuary city, he was released.

A large photo of Kathryn "Kate" Steinle who was killed by an illegal immigrant in San Francisco, is shown while her dad Jim Steinle testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, July 21, 2015 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

The sheriff has stood by his decision to release Sanchez, despite a wave of criticism from media figures and politicians around the country.

The BLM will likely be named in the lawsuit because Sanchez is accused of using a gun in the fatal shooting that belonged to an agent with the department.

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