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.
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."