'Generous and Talented' California Student, 23, First American Confirmed Killed in Paris Attacks
She was a "kind, thoughtful, generous and talented student, dear to all who knew her," a university lecturer reportedly wrote
Nohemi Gonzalez was a junior at California State University, Long Beach, the school said in a press release. She was in Paris for the semester studying at the Strate College of Design.
She was a “kind, thoughtful, generous and talented student, dear to all who knew her,” Cal State design lecturer Michael LaForte wrote on Facebook, according to the Los Angeles Times. “We grieve for her today and give our hearts to her grieving family and boyfriend.”
Details of Gonzalez’s death were not immediately available, the school said.
LaForte wrote that three other university students were with her in Paris, but are safe, according to the Times.
The Friday attacks struck six different locations across the French capital – a concert hall, a restaurant and others – leaving at least 129 dead and 352 wounded, including 99 critically, French officials said Saturday.
The bloodshed added up to the worst night of violence in Paris since World War II, in what President Francois Hollande called an “act of war” by the Islamic State (ISIS).
Cal State will hold a Sunday afternoon vigil “to mourn Gonzalez’s passing and to grieve for all the victims of the atrocious attack,” according to the release.
University president Jane Close Conoley said she was “deeply saddened” by Gonzalez’s death, according to the release.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends during this sad time,” Conoley said, adding that the school will “extend all support necessary to comfort” its nearly 80 French foreign exchange students, and to the students, faculty and staff.
Gonzalez’s recent Facebook activity includes discussion of her classes, and a group photo, apparently with other design students.
In September, in response to a comment, she wrote, “Todo va bien [everything is going well]. We are having a lot of fun out here.”
In early October, she posted a celebratory announcement about a successful group project for the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge’s student category, in which she had taken second place with three others.
She wrote then, “I still can’t believe we won.”