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Cal State Long Beach Student Killed In Paris Attacks
A 23-year-old Cal State Long Beach design student was killed in the Paris terrorist attacks Friday night.The L.A. Times reports that Nohemi Gonzalez, from El Monte, was attending an exchange program at the Strate School of Design, according to a statement posted on the school's Facebook page. Strate's director, Dominique Sciamma, wrote (in translation):
Yesterday, with unbridled violence, women and men are dead, dead simply for living in a free space. Others will continue to be marked for their lives, in their body, their spirit. I hoped with all my heart that no one in our community had been touched in some way by these criminal acts. It is unfortunately not the case. One of our international exchange students was the victim in yesterday's massacre. Her name was Nohemi Gonzalez. We join in the pain of her family and relatives. There are others who have been injured and are now out of danger. We wish them the courage to overcome such a hardship. Our response must always be the same: Live
ABC-7 reports that Gonzalez was killed at one of the restaurant locations; more information about her death has not yet been made available. Gonzalez is the first American to be named as one of those killed in the attacks.
Michael LaForte, a lecturer at Cal State Long Beach's design department, wrote on Facebook that Gonzalez was a "kind, thoughtful, generous and talented student, dear to all who knew her...We grieve for her today and give our hearts to her grieving family and boyfriend."
CSULB President Jane Close Conoley said in a statement, "I’m deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Long Beach State University student Nohemi Gonzalez. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends during this sad time...Our university stands with our nearly eighty foreign exchange students from France as they struggle with this tragedy. We will extend all support necessary to comfort them. We will also extend support to all students, faculty and staff who are in need."
The university will be holding a vigil at 4 p.m. Sunday to mourn Gonzalez’s death, and to grieve for all the victims of the attacks.