Officials from California State University Long Beach identified 23-year-old college student Nohemi Gonzalez as a victim of the terror attacks that struck Paris on Friday. CSULB made the announcement on Saturday via a Facebook post. College officials did not provide any further details on how or where Gonzalez was killed other than she died “during the attacks in and around Paris.”
Officials at the college confirmed that the school will hold a vigil to mourn Gonzalez for 4 p.m. Sunday. A Long Beach State spokesman told NBC News he had spoken with Gonzalez’s family. Gonzalez was a junior design major spending a semester studying at Strate College of Design and was killed at one of the restaurants struck by terrorists. At least eight attackers struck Paris Friday evening in six separate locations across the city.
Authorities continued to investigate on Saturday. Gonzalez tutored students in Cal State Long Beach’s Department of Design and was known as friendly and helpful to faculty. “We relied on her,” said the department’s chairman Martin Herman. “She had an indescribably sweet spirit and imagination. It’s unbelievable that this could have happened.” CSULB President Jane Conoley released a statement.
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.”
Director of the Strate School of Design shared his condolences in a post on the school’s Facebook page.
One of our international exchange students was a victim of yesterday’s massacre. Her name was Nohemi Gonzalez,” “We share in the pain of her family and loved ones. Others were wounded and today are not in danger. We wish them a lot of courage to overcome such a test.”
Cal State University Chancellor Timothy P. White released a statement addressing the attacks. “My heart is heavy and I am deeply saddened for the family and Long Beach State Community, and I grieve with all those who have lost a cherished one.”
An American was also identified among the wounded, and Helen Jane Wilson was undergoing surgery late Saturday at a Paris hospital. Wilson was at the Bataclan concert hall to hear the Eagles of Death Metal band perform Friday night when gunmen burst into the venue, killing 89 people. Wilson told The Associated Press she was shot in the leg and was heading into surgery at L’hopital Saint-Antoine. Wilson said she lived in New Orleans before moving to Paris, where she runs Rock en Bol, a catering company. According to her Facebook page, Wilson is originally from Los Angeles.