Tragedy has struck Cal Berkeley again.
Nicolas Leslie, a UC Berkeley student who had been studying in Nice, France, has been identified as among the 84 people killed in Thursday’s terrorist attack in Nice, France.
Just 2 weeks ago, 18-year-old Berkeley sophomore Tarishi Jain also lost her life in a terror attack at a restaurant in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Nicolas and Tarishi are not the first Bears whose lives were cut short by Arab terror. This month is the yahrzeit (anniversary)of the death of Marla Bennett, who along with 5 other Americans, was murdered in an attack on Hebrew University.
On July 31, 2002, Marla Bennett was one of nine people killed killed when a bomb exploded in the Frank Sinatra cafeteria on the Hebrew University Mt. Scopus campus. 85 others were injured. The cafeteria was gutted by the explosion . Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.
Nicolas, Tarishi and Marla were all idealistic, bright compassionate students who died too young, victims of an ideology of callous extremism.
May their memories be a blessing.