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First American Victim Identified in Paris Attacks Was A Proud First-Generation Mexican-American

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Nohemi Gonzalez was eating dinner with friends at La Belle Equipe in Paris, France when armed terrorists shot indiscriminately into the restaurant, killing 19 people. The attack on La Belle Equipe was just one part of the six-piece coordinated terror attack that devastated the French capital from the Stade de France just north of the city to a concert in the heart of Paris. Nohemi Gonzalez was one of the 129 victims who died that night and the news stunned her family and her community. She was just 23 years old.

Nohemi was a proud Latina trying to make a future for herself.

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“I am Mexican American,” Nohemi wrote on a class assignment she did before studying in Paris. “And I also happen to be first generation born in the United States. I grew up in Whittier and had a very hard working mother that raised me to be extremely independent.”

Nohemi Gonzalez was proud to be a first-generation Mexican-American going to college.

We will miss you #nohemigonzalez

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Gonzalez was a student at California State University, Long Beach. “When life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means it’s going to launch you into something great,” Nohemi wrote in her assignment. “So just focus and keep aiming.”

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Nohemi was in Paris studying industrial design with 17 other foreign exchange students when the attacks happened.

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Gonzalez was studying abroad at Strate, École de Design à Sèvres et Paris.

Her parents want her remembered as a Latina who was chasing her dreams and succeeding.

Nohemi’s mother told Univision‘s Primer Impacto that her daughter wanted to be known “as a Latina who strived to get ahead and she succeeded with a lot of her dreams.”

Members of the Long Beach community, including mayor Robert Garcia, are still coming to terms with Nohemi’s sudden death.

Hundreds attended a vigil in honor of Nohemi at CSU Long Beach.

“A beautiful girl so full of energy and life,” one of her friends said via Instagram. “My deepest condolences to Nohemi’s family, friends, and all those who knew her. Rest in Peace.”

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Those who spoke at the vigil remembered her commitment and passion to the things and people she loved.

It was certainly a hard pill to swallow. Thinking about how just a year I was in your shoes. Nohemi you were a little tiggres who was one of the hardest working ppl I've met. Since you were always in the shop it was great to have you as company! You'd let me take tools from the shop without signing in (shhh) and would give me some good tips for whenever I needed design help. I'll never forget how cheery you were, and how fun it was to hangout with you once at that party. Seeing how our design family grouped up just for you showed me and a lot of people how much of a special person you are. 100s of ppl came to see you and I know you were watching from the heavens. Say hi to the real Pocahontas for me, and you will always be remembered… My favorite TA Nohemi. #paris #prayforparis #prayfornohemi #sad #life #rip #loveyou #nohemigonzalez #csulb

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“She’ll always be with us. She’ll still be roaming these halls, like she always does,” her boyfriend of four years Tim Mraz said. “You’re always in my heart. I love you, baby.”

“What I saw in her was a beautiful soul who practiced goodness and compassion in her friendships and relationships with others,” CSULB Department of Design chairman Martin Herman, told the crowd of mourners.

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Friends have started a Donation To page to help raise money for her funeral costs. Her body will be staying in Paris for three weeks as the investigation into the attacks continue.

Watch an interview with her mother and stepfather below:

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[Video] Bolivian Family Members Captured Video Of The Man Who Set Himself On Fire In Front Of The White House

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[Video] Bolivian Family Members Captured Video Of The Man Who Set Himself On Fire In Front Of The White House

A man set himself on fire in front of the White House Ellipse Wednesday afternoon. According to the Secret Service, he was provided aid on site and soon after rushed to a hospital for treatment.

The incident occurred in the early afternoon by 15th Street NW and Constitution Avenue NW.

According to the Washington Post, D.C. fire department spokesman Vito Maggiolo confirmed that a burn victim had been transported. There are no reports on the man’s condition at this time.

Alina Berzins, a 17-year-old girl living in Alexandria, Va. was sight-seeing with cousins from Bolivia captured the incident on video.

Berzins told CNBC that she and her cousins “saw this man” on the Ellipse and that eventually, he started “running, and then we saw him covered in flames.”

Video of the man burning, shows him walking on the green while inflamed and smoke billowing from the lawn.

The White House has made no comments on the incident at this time.

Watch a video of the event below.

Explosives Have Been Sent To Prominent Democratic Leaders And News Agencies As Midterm Elections Draw Closer

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Explosives Have Been Sent To Prominent Democratic Leaders And News Agencies As Midterm Elections Draw Closer

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On Oct. 24, a suspicious package was sent to the Chappaqua, New York home of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Another explosive device was sent to former President Barack Obama’s office in Washington. Then media organizations were evacuated from their offices as more explosives started arriving at office across the country.

Fully functional pipe bombs were sent to the homes of two former Democratic presidents and news agencies like CNN became targets of suspicious packages.

Live on the air, the fire alarm went off at the New York City offices in the Time Warner Center. The alarm prompted an evacuation of the building and CNN employees shared their experiences on social media. The building, located at Columbus Circle, is also home to other offices, a mall, and a Whole Foods.

NYPD confirmed that the device sent to CNN was constructed the same as a pipe bomb.

CNN is reporting that the package was sent to their offices was labeled to former CIA Director John Brennan, who regularly appears on their show. It also appears that the package looked similar to those packages sent to the Clintons and the Obamas.

CNN reporters in NYC continue to be evacuated and are conducting their reporting from their cell phones.

During a press conference, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, said that the attack against CNN is “clearly is an act of terror.”

The device was taken to a remote area for further investigation.

The bomb was placed in a white sphere that keeps the pressure on the device. It was then transported on a special flatbed to be examined further away from its intended target.

Vice President Mike Pence condemned the act, but some Latinx journalist are questioning his message.

President Donald Trump issued a tweet, replying to Pence saying that “I agree wholeheartedly!”

The midterm elections are less than two weeks away and some are pointing out the timing of the bombs.

People pointed out on social media that all of the people that were targeted today: George Soros, the Clinton’s, Obama, John Brennan, CNN, are people and institutions that Trump has bashed in the past.

The offices of the San Diego Tribune and Sen. Kamala Harries were also evacuated for similar circumstances.

According to reporters at the Tribune, the building also houses “law firms, co-working space, media and technology companies.”

There is also news that packages have also been sent to Democrat Rep. Maxine Waters and Democrat Rep. Wasserman-Schultz.

People are speculating on the timing and motive of the coordinated dissemination of the bombs.

This story is developing and we will update as it unfolds.

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