Cal State student killed in restaurant attack – Boston Herald

A 23-year-old design student at California State University Long Beach will be mourned and remembered today at a vigil after she was killed at a Paris restaurant as terrorists unleashed a vicious killing spree across the City of Light.

Nohemi Gonzalez, from El Monte, Calif., was in Paris on an exchange program studying at the Strate School of Design, Cal State Long Beach said in a statement.

Gonzalez, a junior, was remembered as a “kind, thoughtful, generous and talented student, dear to all who knew her” by Michael LaForte, a lecturer at Cal State Long Beach’s department of design.

He said the ISIS terrorists who “senselessly murdered” Gonzalez were “cowards,” adding “our hearts are with her close friends and family.”

University President Jane Close Conoley said she was “heartbroken to share this terrible news” of Gonzalez’s death. “We mourn the loss of Nohemi and all the other victims of the tragic attacks,” she said.

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia pledged to support students and to honor Gonzalez’s “memory in the many ways we can over the course of coming days and coming weeks.”

California State University Long Beach will hold a vigil for Gonzalez today.

A New Orleans woman, Helen Jane Wilson, was undergoing surgery after being shot in the leg at the Bataclan concert hall, where the terrorists killed 89 people.

Wilson said she lived in New Orleans before moving to Paris, where she runs Rock en Bol, a catering company.

Among the other victims from the attacks were a 26-year-old lawyer specializing in white collar crime, an engineer from Spain, a French music producer, a French news technician and a music writer for the French culture magazine Les Inrocks.

At least 129 people were killed and 352 injured in the attacks Friday night in Paris. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility.


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