A student of the University of California in Berkeley is one of the 84 individuals killed in the Nice attack on Thursday.
Nicolas Leslie, 20, had been studying in Nice, France under UC’s Study Abroad program. He, along with other 85 participants, was doing a local entrepreneurship program in the area when the incident took place, UC Berkeley officials said in a statement.
It was early Sunday that the U.S. government was notified by French police that Leslie was indeed one of those who died from the terror attack. Leslie had been the subject of an extensive search by school staff in Nice since the attack until the confirmation came in over the weekend.
Nicholas Dirks, UC Berkeley Chancellor, said that the entire school was saddened upon hearing the news of Leslie’s death. Dirks said it was a “tragic, devastating” news for them. Leslie was studying Environmental Science and was planning to enter the Haas School of Business in the fall, the statement noted.
“All of us in the UC Berkeley family — both here on campus, and around the world — are heartbroken to learn that another promising young student has been lost to senseless violence. I join Nick’s parents, friends and the entire campus community in condemning this horrific attack, and in mourning the loss of one of our own,” Dirks said.
On Friday, July 15, the UC Berkeley news portal issued a statement, saying some of its school officials were flown to Nice to help the search for some of its students. Leslie was reported missing then. Along with Leslie, two other UC Berkeley students were injured from the incident, which resulted in their hospitalization. The two students were released over the weekend.