Nohemi Gonzalez Mourned By Loved Ones As Well As Strangers
It was a heartbreaking scene - a family holding candles in memory of a young woman whose life ended at 23 as she was fulfilling one of her lifelong dreams. Nohemi Gonzalez, 23, had worked hard to get to go to Paris as an exchange student studying industrial design. But on Sunday, her family, boyfriend and college community gathered to say goodbye to the college Senior whose death has also touched the larger community.
Hundreds attended the vigil held at CSULB Sunday afternoon to remember Gonzalez and all the other victims of the attacks. The venue was filled to capacity.
Her boyfriend of four years, Tim Mraz, could barely speak at the memorial service. In a halting voice, the young man said he called Gonzalez "Pocahontas" because of a tattoo on her left arm and that she called him her "John Smith."