Friend of American killed in Paris terrorist attacks speaks out - FOX Carolina 21

Friend of American killed in Paris terrorist attacks speaks out

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A fun Friday night out quickly turned to tragedy for design student Nohemi Gonzalez. She was shot and killed while  eating at a restaurant in Paris, the only American to lose her life in the terrorist attacks. 

"She was so outgoing, I just remember thinking this girl is amazing," said Noor Khalil. 

Khalil was friends with Gonzalez, and is a former classmate of a FOX Carolina producer.  She said Gonzalez was one of the first people she met at California State University Long Beach. She said instantly Nohemi invited her everywhere and encouraged her to try new things. 

"She got me to do powder puff with school, I was so in the zone and and so focused on doing school work, I forgot that I needed to make friends as well and she kind of helped me get out of my shell," said Khalil.

She also studied abroad while at California State University and said what happened to Nohemi has shaken her.

"You kind of feel invincible and I think that's what hit me so hard, is that it could have happened to anyone," said Khalil.

Two American students are still stranded in Paris from Furman University.

"They weren't in a place where there had been an attack but there were in place where there was a lot of police and military activity," said Brent Nelsen. 

He said the two students went on a weekend trip to Disneyland Paris but got caught up in the attacks. They have since met up with other Furman students and a faculty member in France.

"The uncertainty, not knowing exactly how they are going to get back, that's difficult for someone who is 20 or 21," said Nelsen,

The two girls posted to their Facebook pages letting friends and family know they are OK.

Nelsen said these attacks have instilled fear in students abroad as well as their families, and says it could change the future of study abroad.

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