SOCAL: Confirmed Southern Californians killed in Paris Terror attacks

LOS ANGELES: A music executive and a British man who worked for the rock band Eagles of Death Metal were among the people killed by terrorists Friday night as the group, which originates in Palm Desert, performed at the Bataclan in Paris, it was reported today.

“I cannot even begin to express the depth of my sorrow,” Universal Music Group Chairman Lucian Grainge wrote in a note to employee discussing the death of Thomas Ayad.

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“On behalf of everyone here at UMG, we extend our most profound sympathies to his parents and all of his friends and family.”

Grainge called the death of Ayad, an international product manager for Mercury, “an unspeakable, appalling tragedy.”

Eagles of Death Metal was seven songs into its sold-out concert when
gunshots interrupted the performance. Of the 129 deaths blamed on ISIS
terrorists, 89 were killed at the Bataclan.

The band members escaped unharmed. But Nick Alexander, a British man who
sold merchandise for Eagles of Death Metal, was among those killed.

In a statement to the British press, Alexander’s family said that “with
huge sorrow … we can confirm that our beloved Nick lost his life at the
Bataclan last night.” A statement said he “died doing the job he loved and we
take great comfort in knowing how much he was cherished by his friends around
the world.”

Britain’s The Independent newspaper reported that Alexander was 36 and
from Colchester in Essex.

About 500 people gathered on the Cal State Long Beach campus Sunday to
mourn a 23-year-old university student killed in the terror attacks.

Nohemi Gonzalez of El Monte, a senior majoring in industrial design, was
one of 17 CSULB students attending a college of design in Paris as part of a
semester abroad program. She was killed while having dinner with friends at a
popular bistro called La Belle Equipe.

University President Dr. Jane Close Conoley told the mourners that the
university is a tight-knit community that shares the Gonzalez family’s grief,
saying her death was“an assault on our hearts.”

“We miss her today and we’ll miss her forever,” Conoley said.
CSULB Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Carmen Taylor echoed
Conoley’s sentiments.

“We may be a large urban university in a big city, but when we lose a
member of our campus community it affects us all,” Taylor said.

The chairman of CSULB’s industrial design program told the Gonzalez
family that Nohemi was a luminary among her peers.

“We are all heartbroken that such a beautiful light has been ripped
from us,”  Dr. Martin Herman said. “(Her) goodness and compassion infused the
department.”

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