Nov 16, 2015 11:44 AM by News Staff
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Hundreds of people packed a ballroom Sunday to remember a 23-year-old California college student who was among the 129 people killed in the Paris terrorist attacks.
Nohemi Gonzalez, a 23-year-old senior studying industrial design at California State University, Long Beach, was at a Paris restaurant Friday night with classmates when she was fatally shot Friday.
Gonzalez was studying at the Strate College of Design in Paris as part of a semester-abroad program. A fellow American student in the program saw Gonzalez get shot and carried away on a stretcher.
Her stepfather, Jose Hernandez, said that as the news in Paris broke, he began receiving panicked texts from Nohemi's boyfriend in California, who said he couldn't get in touch with her.
"I replied and I said, 'well don't worry it's OK.' I tried to calm him down," Hernandez said at the Los Angeles County barbershop where he works.
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