Missing UC Berkeley Student Nick Leslie Confirmed Dead in France Terrorist Attack

By Jim Liao, Epoch Times
July 18, 2016 Updated: July 18, 2016

A University of California Berkeley student was among the 84 killed by the recent terrorist attack in Nice, according to the FBI.

Nick Leslie, 20, had been studying abroad in Nice as one of 85 participants in a local summer entrepreneurship program. Following the attack, Leslie was declared “missing” and an extensive search for the Berkeley student was conducted by university staff, local officials and family.

“This is tragic, devastating news,” UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks said in a UC Berkeley press release. “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. 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.”

Leslie was an environmental sciences major and had been planning to begin studies at the Haas School of Business in the fall, according to the press release.

The university is holding a candlelight vigil at UC Berkeley’s Sproul Plaza on July 18th from 4:30–5:30pm to memorialize the fallen student. The event description adds that Leslie was “a very involved student in Berkeley through his fraternity, his club involvement, and his academic work trying to make a more environmentally-sustainable world.”

Three other Berkeley students were also among the 200 injured in the truck attack. Senior computer science major Vladyslav Kostiuk, 23, sustained a broken leg in the incident, while senior environmental economics and policy major Diane Huang, 20, suffered a broken foot. The pair have since been released from medical treatment and have returned to their summer dormitories in Nice. Undeclared sophomore Daryus Medora, 21, suffered a broken leg and remains in the hospital.

Leslie’s death comes just two weeks after another Berkeley student, Tarishi Jain, was killed by a terrorist attack at a restaurant in Dhaka, Bangladesh.