It was an emotional and moving sight on Sunday, November 15th, as more than 2,000 students and community members gathered at California State University Long Beach to mourn and honor Nohemi Gonzalez, the 23-year-old design student killed during the Paris attacks on November 13.
As grieving faculty, students and loved ones remembered Gonzalez, known fondly as ‘Mimi’, a similar picture emerged – one of a sunny, positive and driven young woman who had an enormous impact on the Design Department, the university and the community.
Standing in testament to her influence, were the thousands of tearful and somber figures wearing black and yellow ribbons. It was a symbol of solidarity and love for Gonzalez, the campus and the global community.
Poem written by Juan Felipe Herrera, Poet Laureate of the United States
Poem read by Timothy White, Chancellor, California State University
Music performed by the Bob Cole Conservatory Choir
Additional video footage shot by Kevin Tran