After the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, Americans wounded by gunfire were identified. One American, a 23-year-old Long Beach State student named Nohemi Gonzalez, was killed during one of the multiple orchestrated Paris attacks that rocked the city. Another victim, named Helen Jane Wilson, was shot in both legs and survived, but her British friend, named Nick Alexander, died in her arms.
In a related report by the Inquisitr, three potential ISIS members connected to the Paris terrorist attack were arrested in Belgium. Many on social media have released videos of the Paris attacks, showing what happened both during and after DAESH struck the city.
Paris: Americans Wounded In The Attacks
In Paris, one of the Americans wounded was in attendance at the Bataclan concert hall to hear the Eagles of Death Metal band perform Friday night. Helen Jane Wilson says she lived in New Orleans before moving to Paris to start a catering company called Rock en Bol, which specializes in providing services to musicians.
“She just bought a new car for her business today, she was really excited,” said Jason Berry, a friend of Wilson.
According to NOLA, Berry says Wilson was shot in both thighs, but she tried to save the life of a former boyfriend named Nick Alexander. The man was laying on the ground beside her, and Wilson tried to resuscitate him, but he “died in her arms.”
“Then he couldn’t breathe any more and I held him in my arms and told him I loved him. He was the love of my life,” she said, according to Heavy.
Helen Wilson says she and Alexander were no longer a couple at the time of the Paris attacks, but they had decided to hang out together as friends. Alexander’s girlfriend, Polina Buckley, also posted a photo on Twitter.
— Polina Buckley (@polinabuckley) November 14, 2015
More than 128 people were massacred during ISIS’ Paris attacks, but Wilson survived and managed to get surgery for her wounds at L’hopital Saint-Antoine.
“She’s in the hospital now,” Berry said. “She is OK, considering.”
Barry said her friends plan on setting up a fundraiser account to help with the cost of surgery, but a GoFundMe memorial account has already been set up in honor of Alexander. The fundraiser has already raised $46,324 as of this publishing. The money is intended to go to the family of the Paris terrorist attack victims.
Nohemi Gonzalez: Americans Killed During A Random ISIS Shooting
California State University-Long Beach announced Nohemi Gonzalez’s death on Saturday. They said she was in Paris attending Strate College of Design during a semester abroad program.
“I’m deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Long Beach State University student Nohemi Gonzalez. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends during this sad time,” said President Jane Close Conoley. “Our university stands with our nearly eighty foreign exchange students from France as they struggle with this tragedy. We will extend all support necessary to comfort them. We will also extend support to all students, faculty and staff who are in need.”
According to the Daily Beast, Andrew Calder is a friend of the American killed during the Paris attacks. While the man was not present during the shooting, they had lunch the day before the tragic events.
“She invited me to go out and visit some friends in the city but I [was] too tired and stayed home,” Calder recalls. “I’m not clear on all the details of where she was and I don’t care to be. I know she was out with friends and they had stepped outside just as the shootings started.”
Multiple reports say Gonzalez was killed outside a restaurant in Paris. The woman’s boyfriend, Tim Mraz, wrote message comparing his love to the story of Pocahontas.
“Yesterday, I lost the most important person of my life,” he wrote on Instagram. “She was my best friend and she will always be my angel forever. I am lost for words. My prayers are with her family…. You will always be my Pocahontas and I will always be your john smith. Te amo.”
In response to the Paris terrorist attacks, French president Francois Hollande said France “will be merciless toward the barbarians of Islamic State group. [We] will act by all means anywhere, inside or outside the country.”
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