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Posted by Strate - Ecole de Design on Saturday, November 14, 2015

Nohemi Gonzalez

Nohemi Gonzalez, a 23-year-old American student studying abroad in Paris, is among the 129 confirmed dead following the tragic terrorist attacks that took place there Friday evening. Gonzalez was a senior design major at California State University, Long Beach, and was participating in a semester abroad program at the Strate College of Design in Sèvres. 

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On Sunday afternoon, hundreds gathered at Cal State Long Beach to pay their respects to the young woman, who has been described as a very strong, committed individual. Gonzalez was not only dedicated to her success, but to that of others and served as a teaching assistant on campus. One of her professors David Teubner remembers Gonzalez as "an absolute delight. She was funny and warm and such a kind person. . . . She was involved in everything."

Gonzalez was very proud of her heritage and work ethic. In an assignment that required her to create a brand around her identity, Gonzalez wrote: 

I am Mexican American and I also happen to be first generation born in the United States. I grew up in Whittier and had a very hard-working mother that raised me to be extremely independent. If I had to describe myself in a few words, I would say I am very high-spirited, clean, orderly, and self-driven.

When asked how she wants her daughter to be remembered, Nohemi's mother, Beatrez Gonzalez, told Primer Impacto, "como una muchacha latina que se esforzó por salir adelante y logró." 

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Students and mourners attend a vigil in Long Beach, California, for Nohemi Gonzalez, who was killed during the attacks in Paris, on November 13, 2015.

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