Berkeley Student Confirmed Dead in French Terror Attack
Nicolas Leslie, a UC Berkeley student who had been studying in Nice, France, has been identified as one of the 84 people killed in Thursday’s terrorist attack, the university has confirmed.
His death was reported to campus officials by the FBI, which was notified by its French counterparts earlier Sunday. Leslie, a junior in UC Berkeley’sCollege of Natural Resources, was among 85 UC Berkeley students in Nice for a four-week-longEuropean Innovation Academy, an international program that helps students with their startup ideas, according to the campus. The program was put on hold for three days of national mourning after the attack, and several students left the program early and were on their way home Friday.
“This is tragic, devastating news,” UC Berkeley ChancellorNicholas Dirkssaid in a statement. “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.”
Three of Leslie’s peers were injured in the attack. UC Berkeley studentsVladyslav Kostiuk, 23, who suffered a broken leg, and Diane Huang, 20, treated for a broken foot, were both discharged from local hospitals, university officials said. A third student, 21-year-oldDaryus Medora, remained in the hospital with a broken leg.
A vigil for Leslie is planned for 4:30 p.m. Monday at UC Berkeley’s Sproul Plaza, university officials said.