A 23-year-old design student at Cal State Long Beach was killed in Friday night’s Paris terror attacks, the university announced on Saturday.
Nohemi Gonzalez of El Monte was a junior who was in Paris attending Strate College of Design as one of 17 CSULB students talking part in a semester abroad program, according to Michael Uhlenkamp, the university’s executive news director.
Uhlenkamp said the school has confirmed that the other 16 students are safe.
“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 on Saturday. “Our university stands with our nearly 80 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 hold a vigil at 4 p.m. on Sunday to mourn Gonzalez’s passing and that of all the victims in the attack.
The leader the of the CSU‘s 23-campus system also expressed condolences today.
“I express outrage and share in the anguish of the rest of the civilized world regarding the horrific events that occurred yesterday in Paris,” said Chancellor Timothy P. White. “My deepest personal condolences go out to all those whose lives have been impacted by these senseless acts of violence. One student from Long Beach State died in the terrorist attacks. My heart is heavy and I am deeply saddened for the family and Long Beach State community … Many campuses in the CSU have students studying abroad in France, and all others are known to be safe.”
San Diego State University newscenter released a statement regarding the terrorist attacks in Paris. “We are saddened by the tragic events that took place in Paris yesterday. And we are heartbroken to learn that one of the victims is a student from Long Beach State University,” said Natalia Elko, a media representative of SDSU. “Our thoughts go out to the victim’s loved ones and the entire Long Beach State community.”
Elko reported that SDSU currently has 34 students studying abroad in France, eight of whom are in Paris at three different schools. They have been in touch with 31 out of those 34 students, who were confirmed to be safe. The other three are in southern France and have not yet responded to SDSU’s messages.
French officials reported on Saturday that at least 129 people were killed in Friday’s coordinated terrorist attacks, which targeted six locations throughout the city.
The Islamic extremist group ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks.
City News Service contributed to this article.
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