LONG BEACH, CALIF (KABC) – A 23-year-old California State University, Long Beach student was killed in the Paris terror attacks, the school announced Saturday.
Nohemi Gonzalez, an El Monte resident, was a junior studying industrial design. She was in Paris attending the Strate College of Design as part of a semester abroad program.
Gonzalez was one of 17 CSULB students studying abroad at Strate, according to a school official, who also said the other 16 students are safe. The official added that Gonzalez was killed at one of the restaurant locations.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis issues a statement regarding the attacks in Paris and Gonzalez’s death.
“My heart grieves for the victims of the Paris attacks,” the statement said. “At these moments, we struggle to understand what motivates individuals to commit such heinous acts…My prayers and thoughts are with the family of El Monte resident Nohemi Gonzalez…”
California Attorney General Kamala Harris also issued a statement.
“On behalf of the California Department of Justice, I extend my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Nohemi Gonzales, whose young life was among those so tragically cut short by reprehensible acts of terrorism in Paris yesterday,” it said.
“We stand with Nohemi’s loved ones and the entire California State University, Long Beach family, as they grieve this loss and seek solace in this tragic hour. We are all Parisians today.”
The university will hold a vigil at 4 p.m. Sunday.
“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,” CSULB President Jane Close Conoley said.
“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.”