CA Student Killed in Paris Remembered as a 'Bright Soul' and 'Shining Star'
Hundreds will attend a vigil today for 23-year-old Cal State Long Beach student Nohemi Gonzalez, who was among the victims of a terror assault in Paris on Friday.
Gonzalez was at a restaurant with fellow Long Beach students when she was fatally shot, school officials said.
So far, she is the only known American death of the 129 people killed in the attacks. At least one other American was injured.
Gonzalez was a senior studying abroad for the semester.
Recently, she was part of a team that won second place for a design challenge for creating a biodegradable snack pack that can sprout plants.
Professor Michael LaForte described the industrial design student as "a shining star" in the department who was a mentor to younger students.
"She had a very buoyant, joyous personality," LaForte said. "She was extremely lively, extremely energetic. There was no shortage of anything you couldn't ask her to do, and she'd be there for us."
Gonzalez's boyfriend, Tim Mraz, posted an emotional tribute to her on Instagram.
“She was my best friend and she will always be my angel forever,” he wrote. “I am lost for words. My prayers are with her family. Such a bright soul and the sweetest girl with a smile on her face.”
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