A standing-room only crowd including students, faculty and family members packed the ballroom inside the University Student Union for the vigil, which began at 4 p.m. The crowd was so large that it spilled out into the lobby area.
Gonzalez was studying at the Strate College of Design in Paris as part of a semester-abroad program. She was at a bistro Friday night with three friends when gunmen opened fire from a passing vehicle.
Her friends managed to escape, but Gonzalez was wounded and later died of her injuries at a hospital, said Jeet Joshee, associate vice president for international education at the university.
Friends and family described Gonzalez as a diligent and committed worker with lofty dreams, including studying abroad in Paris.
She worked as a teaching assistant at Cal State Long Beach and as a shop technician, overseeing lower-division students on their design projects.