UC Berkeley Student Identified as Victim in Nice, France Attack

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Nicolas Leslie, 20, an environmental sciences major, was planning to study at the school’s Haas School of Business in the fall, campus officials said. (Photo Courtesy: Facebook)

A University of California, Berkeley student was identified as one of the 84 victims killed in the Bastille Day terror attack in Nice, France, the university confirmed.

Nicolas Leslie, 20, was one of 85 students participating in a summer internship in Nice while. Following the attack, in which another 200 victims were injured, extensive searches for Leslie began.

According to a UC Berkeley release, his death was reported by the FBI on Sunday.

UC Berkeley chancellor Nicholas Dirks released a statement, calling the news tragic and devastating.

“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,” UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks said in the release. “I join Nick’s parents, friends and the entire campus community in condemning this horrific attack, and in mourning the loss of one of our own.”

Three other UC Berkeley students were injured in the attack—two have since been released from the hospital. Vladyslav Kostiuk, 23, a senior computer science major, suffered a broken leg; Diane Huang, 20, a senior majoring in environmental economics and policy, suffered a broken foot; and Daryus Medora, 21, undeclared sophomore in the College of Letters and Science, broke his leg and remains in the hospital.

Leslie, an environmental sciences major, was planning to study at the school’s Haas School of Business in the fall, campus officials said.

A vigil is planned for 4:30 p.m. Monday on Sproul Plaza, and memorial services are expected to be announced soon.