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Fundraiser Started For California Student Killed In Paris Attacks

Nohemi Gonzalez, the 23-year-old student from Cal State Long Beach, was killed during the attacks in Paris while at a restaurant.

Posted on November 17, 2015, at 5:24 p.m. ET

Nohemi Gonzalez, a student from Cal State University Long Beach, was killed during the terror attacks in Paris on Friday. She was 23.

She was the first identified and only known American victim of the attacks, which killed at least 129 people.

She was also one of 17 CSULB students studying at Strate College of Design in Paris for the semester.

On Sunday, hundreds gathered at Cal State Long Beach to pay homage to Nohemi.

Joseph Philipson / Via Facebook: csulb

Peter Sardo, a classmate and friend of Gonzalez, started a fundraising page to help "ease the burden" of funeral costs and "help give Nohemi’s family a helping start in doing something special in her name."

The Gonzalez family is aware of the memorial fund and supports it.

As of mid-Tuesday, the page had raised $8,977 of its $25,000 goal in two days.

Here's the full statement for the fundraiser:

Nohemi Gonzalez was a sweet, generous and upbeat soul that the world has lost due to the terrorist attacks in Paris. As a friend and a classmate I feel a hole in my heart from this tragedy, but I cannot even imagine the pain that her family must be experiencing from these devastating events. Beyond our prayers and sympathetic words my family would like to try and help Nohemi's loved ones in this time of unimaginable sadness.

Please help ease the burden of the funeral costs or help give Nohemi's family a helping start in doing something special in her name by contributing to this fund. We all feel completely helpless, as we cannot take away the pain that losing a child brings, but we can help with the financial burden and help her memory live on.

Thank you

H/T Latino Rebels

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