Monday, 16 November 2015

American student among those killed in Paris

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An American student was among the at least129 people killed in a series of bombings and shootings in Paris on Friday night.

Nohemi Gonzalez, 23, a junior studying design at California State University, Long Beach, was killed in the attacks, the school announced Saturday.

Gonzalez, an El Monte, Calif., native, was studying at the Strate College of Design in Paris as part of a study abroad program this fall.

“Our university stands with our nearly eighty foreign exchange students from France as they struggle with this tragedy,” Jane Close Conoley, the school’s president, said in a statement.

“We will extend all support necessary to comfort them. We will also extend support to all students, faculty and staff who are in need.”

Gonzalez was fatally shot while in a restaurant with another student, the Associated Press reported.

The friend said Gonzalez was carried out of the restaurant on a stretcher.

Paris prosecutors revisited the death toll for  Friday’s attacks on Saturday afternoon. At least 129 people died and 352 were injured, including 99 in critical condition, when bombers and
gunmen attacked restaurants, the area around a soccer stadium and a concert venue in the French capital.

Eighty-nine of the deaths occurred at the Bataclan concert hall, Paris prosecutor François Molins said.

Seven terrorists are among the dead, and law enforcement around Europe has begun hunting down others who might be involved. Police reportedly raided a home in Brussels, Belgium and arrested at least three people suspected to be linked to the Paris attacks.

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