Cal State Long Beach student Nohemi Gonzalez was among the more than 120 people killed during the terrorist attacks in Paris Friday night, the Los Angeles Times reports.
The 23-year-old design student was in Paris as part of an exchange program with the Strate School of Design. The New York Daily News is reporting that she was killed at one of the restaurants targeted by terrorists.
On Instagram, Gonzalez’s boyfriend, Tim Mraz, penned a heartbreaking post.
“Yesterday I lost the most important person in my life,” he wrote. “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.”
Michael LaForte, a Cal State Long Beach’s department of design lecturer, wrote that Gonzalez was a “kind, thoughtful, generous and talented student, dear to all who knew her. 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.”
Long Beach State University will hold a vigil at on Sunday, Nov 15 to mourn her death.