Nohemi Gonzalez: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Nohemi Gonzalez, 23, a student from California, was among the victims of the Paris terror attacks. (Facebook)

A 23-year-old American college student studying abroad in France was among the at least 129 people killed in Friday’s terror attacks in Paris.

Nohemi Gonzalez, a student at Long Beach State University in California was identified as one of the victims on Saturday, the university said in a press release.

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Gonzalez was killed when gunmen opened fire on a restaurant in Paris, KABC-TV reports.

An official list of the victims has not yet been released. Here are the names and profiles of the victims who have been identified so far.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. She Was Studying Abroad at a French Design School

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Gonzalez in a photo taken in August 2014. (Facebook)

Gonzalez, a design student, was studying at Strate School of Design in Sevres, France, as part of an exchange program.

“I’m deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Long Beach State University student Nohemi Gonzalez. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends during this sad time,” Long Beach State President Jane Close Conoley said in a statement. “Our university stands with our nearly eighty foreign exchange students from France as they struggle with this tragedy. We will extend all support necessary to comfort them. We will also extend support to all students, faculty and staff who are in need.”

Three other Long Beach State students studying abroad with Gonzalez are safe, the Los Angeles Times reports.

2. She Was ‘Kind, Thoughtful, Generous & Talented’

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Gonzalez was a “kind, thoughtful, generous and talented student, dear to all who knew her,” Michael LaForte, a lecturer at the Long Beach design school, said on Facebook, according to the Los Angeles Times. “We grieve for her today and give our hearts to her grieving family and boyfriend.”

Fellow interior design students spoke to reporters about Gonzalez, calling her “bubbly,” and “passionate.”

“It is with unfathomable grief that I post this. May God Bless our beloved Nohemi Gonzalez , her boyfriend Tim Mraz and all of their friends and family,” the design school said in a Facebook post.

3. She Is a California Native & Was a Junior at Long Beach State

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Nohemi Gonzalez, with her boyfriend, Tim Mraz. (Facebook)

Gonzalez is originally from El Monte, California, the university said.

She was a junior at Long Beach State studying design.

Gonzalez has been dating her boyfriend, Tim Mraz, since 2012, according to her Facebook page, which is filled with photos from her time abroad and with her friends and family in California.

“Yesterday I lost the most important person in my life,” Mraz wrote on Instagram. “She was my best friend and she will always be my angel forever. I am lost for words. My prayers are with her family. Such a bright soul and the sweetest girl with a smile on her face.”

4. The California University Has Scheduled a Vigil to Mourn Her Death

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Long Beach State University said it will hold a vigil at 4 p.m. Sunday to mourn Gonzalez’s death.

Details about the vigil haven’t been finalized.

5. The American Embassy Is Working to Locate Missing & Wounded Americans in Paris

Rescuers evacuate people following an attack in the 10th arrondissement of the French capital Paris. (Getty)

Rescuers evacuate people following an attack in the 10th arrondissement of the French capital Paris. (Getty)

The U.S. Embassy in France previously confirmed there were American victims wounded and missing after the attacks.

“The‎ United States Embassy in Paris is working round the clock to assist American citizens affected by this tragedy,” Mark Toner, the deputy spokesman for the State Department, said in a statement. “The U.S. government is working closely with French authorities to identify American victims. We are aware there are Americans among the injured, and are offering them the full range of consular assistance.”

According to the State Department, U.S. citizens can call 888-407-4747 from the United States or +1-202-501-4444 from overseas for help.

You can read about Gonzalez in Spanish at

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