College student from Del Mar among dead in Nice terror attack

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SAN DIEGO – A 20-year-old college student from Del Mar has been identified as one of the 84 people killed in Thursday’s terrorist attack in the French port city, UC Berkeley officials announced Sunday.

Nick Leslie, a U.C. Berkeley student who was studying abroad in France, was in a crowd of people watching fireworks along the Promenade des Anglais when a French-Tunisian man drove a large truck into crowd. He killed at least 84 people and injured more than 200. The driver of the truck was shot dead by police.

Leslie’s death was reported to campus officials by the FBI, which was notified by its French counterparts earlier Sunday.

“This is tragic, devastating news,” UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks said. “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 graduated from Torrey Pines High School before enrolling at Berkeley. He is one of 85 students from UC Berkeley attending an international study program in Nice, the university reported.

Leslie, a native of Milan, Italy, was a junior majoring in the UC Berkeley College of Natural Resources, according to the university.

Two other Berkeley students were injured in the attack and released after medical treatment, campus officials said. They returned to their summer dormitories in Nice. They are Vladyslav Kostiuk, 23, a senior computer science major in the College of Letters and Science, who sustained a broken leg; and Diane Huang, 20, a senior majoring in environmental economics and policy in the College of Natural Resources, who suffered a broken foot.

Daryus Medora, 21, whose leg was broken, remains in the hospital. He is an undeclared sophomore in the College of Letters and Science.

Leslie, an environmental sciences major, had been planning to begin studies at the Haas School of Business in the fall. Counselors are on the ground in Nice, where some 60 Berkeley students remain, and are available to speak with students on campus. Memorial services are expected to be announced shortly.

A vigil is planned for 4:30 p.m. Monday on Sproul Plaza.

Friends of Leslie’s posted several messages on social media Friday pleading for help in searching for him.

 

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