This is heartbreaking. The boyfriend of Nohemi Gonzalez, the American student who was killed in the Nov. 13 Paris attacks, shared a touching tribute to his lost love during a memorial service held on Nov. 15. See his tearful message here.
Hundreds gathered at the California State University-Long Beach on Nov. 15 to mourn the tragic loss of 23-year-old Nohemi Gonzalez, the American student who was killed in the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris, France. During the ceremony, Nohemi’s boyfriend, Tim Mraz, bravely spoke about the shocking loss of his girlfriend of nearly four years, offering a beautiful message of remembrance. See his touching words here.
Tim couldn’t hold back tears as spoke to the crowd gathered outside the campus just days after the horrific terrorist attacks. “If you didn’t know her, she had a Pocahontas tattoo on her left arm. She always said I was her ‘John Smith,’ ” Tim told the crowd, according to NBC Los Angeles. “She was a little firecracker.” He added: “You’re always in my heart. I love you, baby.”
For those who don’t know, Nohemi was one of the 17 students attending the Strate College of Design in Paris as part of a semester abroad program when she was gunned down at a restaurant on the night of Nov. 13. The heinous attacks in Paris killed at least 129 people and injured more than 300, according to French officials, following assaults at a Eagles of Death Metal concert at the Bataclan Theater, several restaurants and the Stade de France.
CSU faculty members also spoke at the vigil on Nov. 15, offering their condolences to those close to Nohemi. “There are simply no words to express the profound grief and loss,” Martin Herman, design department chair, said. “She was so excited to be in Paris. May Nohemi’s voice, bright spirit, playfulness, ideals and hope continue to inspire and illuminate the department of design, her university family and all those she touched during her all too short time with us.” So heartbreaking.
In the days following the attacks, countless individuals have shared touching tributes in public and on social media, offering their prayers and support to the people of France. Among them was the cast of Saturday Night Live, which took a minute to reflect and pay tribute to the victims on Nov. 14 with an inspiring and moving opening monologue starring Cecily Strong, 31. The SNL regular kicked off the proceedings offering kind words of support for the people of Paris in both English and French with a poignant speech. She said, “Paris is the city of light, and here in New York City, we know that light will never go out. Our love and support is with everyone there tonight. We stand with you.”
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— Alyssa Montemurro