UC Berkeley Student Confirmed Dead in France Attack

Family had been searching desperately for Nicolas Leslie
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 18, 2016 1:07 AM CDT
UC Berkeley Student Confirmed Dead in France Attack
Nicolas Leslie, 20, was born in Italy and grew up in California.   (UC Berkeley)

Nicolas Leslie, a 20-year-old UC Berkeley student missing since Thursday, has been confirmed as the third American victim of the truck attack in Nice. He was in the French city as part of the university's Study Abroad program, NBC News reports. "This is tragic, devastating news," UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks said 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." Relatives had been searching desperately for Leslie, who sent a Snapchat video of himself just 15 minutes before the Thursday night attack.

Two other UC Berkeley students in the same program, 23-year-old Vladyslav Kostiuk and Daryus Medora, 21, suffered broken legs in the attack, People reports, while 20-year-old Diane Huang suffered a broken foot. Another seven of the 85 UC Berkeley students who had been studying in Nice have decided to return to the US before the official end of the program next week. A father and son from Texas were also killed in the Nice attack. The AP reports that French authorities are still working to identify all the people killed, and as of Sunday afternoon had only confirmed the identities of 35 of the 84 who died. (More Attack in Nice stories.)

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