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France attack: SoCal UC Berkeley student still missing — 'We are hoping and working really hard to bring Nic home'

Police officers, firefighters and rescue workers are seen at the site of an attack on July 14, 2016, after a truck drove into a crowd watching a fireworks display in the French Riviera town of Nice.
Police officers, firefighters and rescue workers are seen at the site of an attack on July 14, 2016, after a truck drove into a crowd watching a fireworks display in the French Riviera town of Nice.
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UC Berkeley student Nicolas Leslie, 20, is known to have been at the Bastille Day celebration and is still unaccounted for, UC Berkeley's Claire Holmes told KPCC. Leslie, who was participating in a study abroad program, is from Southern California.

"We have called every hospital. There is no information to lead us to believe he is in a hospital," Holmes said.

The school is not currently planning a vigil.

Nicolas Leslie, 20, is known to have been at the Bastille Day celebration and is still unaccounted for, a UC Berkeley spokesman said.
Nicolas Leslie, 20, is known to have been at the Bastille Day celebration and is still unaccounted for, a UC Berkeley spokesman said.
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"We're not having a vigil ... because he's coming home," Holmes said. "As soon as we know, we'll issue a statement about his status, but everybody's still looking for him."

There were 85 UC Berkeley students attending a nearby study abroad program in Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Europe, according to a release from the school. The school was working with students in France, officials, Leslie's family and others to locate the missing student, Holmes said.

"We're all hoping and holding out that he will be found very soon," Holmes said. "What we're really focused on right now is trying to find Nic Leslie."

Three other UC Berkeley students were among those injured, Holmes said. Two of the injured students suffered broken legs. The third suffered a broken foot, according to the release:

Two of the injured students were released after medical treatment and have 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.

Many students had been attending the Bastille Day celebration, Holmes said.

Leslie is a junior at UC Berkeley and a student in the College of Natural Resources, Holmes said.

"The family actually has a relative in Italy who drove over to Nice last night, and is on the ground as well, trying to find Nic," Holmes said."

The study abroad program, located just outside of Nice, has been temporarily suspended as part of three days of mourning in France, Holmes said. It is scheduled to continue following the mourning period until the program's scheduled end on July 24. Three students are on their way home after taking the school up on an offer to leave the program early.

UC Berkeley noted in its release that this follows terrorist attacks in other countries that have impacted the campus community, including sophomore Tarishi Jain being among 20 hostages killed by Islamic militants in Bangladesh on July 1.

"This is another tragic event. We're reeling from the last event that happened where one of our students was killed in a terrorist attack in Bangladesh, and the campus is just in mourning over all of this. It's tragic, and we are hoping and working really hard to bring Nic home," Holmes said.