A Cal State Long Beach student was among the more than 120 people killed during the terrorist attacks in Paris Friday night.
Nohemi Gonzalez was a design student from the El Monte, Calif. area, who was a part of an international exchange program at the Strate School of Design, according to the university, reports the Los Angeles Times.
The 23-year-old was among 18 students from the university participating in the program.
“Yesterday I lost the most important person in my life,” Gonzalez’s boyfriend, Tim Mraz, wrote on Instagram on his private account, according to the L.A. Times.
“She was my best friend and she will always be my angel forever. I am lost for words,” Mraz added. “My prayers are with her family. Such a bright soul and the sweetest girl with a smile on her face.”
Gonzalez’s friends and the community at-large have shown an outpouring of love for her loss.
“It crushes my soul that you’re gone but you were off being a free spirit like you’ve always been,” her friend Madeline Chavez wrote on Facebook. “I love you so much and cherish all the memories we’ve shared together.”
“(Nohemi was) a kind, thoughtful, generous and talented student, dear to all who knew her,” Michael LaForte, a lecturer in Cal State’s Long Beach’s department of design, wrote. “We grieve for her today and give our hearts to her grieving family and boyfriend.”
“We relied on her,” Martin Herman, the department’s chairman said about Gonzalez, who tutored students in the design school. “She had an indescribably sweet spirit and imagination. It’s unbelievable that this could have happened.”
Gonzalez was one of more than 120 lives that were lost when organized terrorist attacks took over Paris Friday night. The soccer stadium, Parc des Princes, was one location, as gunmen also rained down on the Bataclan concert hall where a sold-out show as taking place, and other locations.
“It’s unreal to think one of our students was involved in this tragedy,” Stephanie Ochoa, a senior in the Department of Interior Design, said. “It’s heartbreaking inside and makes us appreciate our safety here.”
A vigil is scheduled at the university at 4 p.m. on Sunday to mourn the young Latina’s death and to pay respect to other victims of the attack.
Gonzalez’s last Facebook post was about her team’s recent second place win in the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge.
“Learning a 3D modeling computer program in a language I don’t know is up there in the top 3 hardest things I’ve ever had to do,” she wrote.