Jerry Brown Lowers California Flags for Paris Victims

Jerry Brown California Flag (Reed Saxon / Associated Press)
Reed Saxon / Associated Press

California governor Jerry Brown ordered the state Capitol to fly its flags at half-staff in honor of the victims of the Paris terror attacks, including the first identified American casualty, California State University Long Beach student Nohemi Gonzalez, 23.

Brown’s office issued the following statement on Saturday:

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today released the following statement regarding the death of California State University, Long Beach student Nohemi Gonzalez in yesterday’s terrorist attacks in Paris:

“On behalf of all Californians, Anne and I extend our deepest condolences to the Gonzalez family, Nohemi’s friends and the entire Long Beach State community impacted by this senseless tragedy.”

In recognition of the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff.

While there is no known, specific or credible threat to California or the United States at this time, Governor Brown has directed his Office of Emergency Services to fully activate the California State Threat Assessment System and continue working with local, state and federal law enforcement and emergency services officials to ensure all necessary steps are taken to keep Californians safe. The California State Threat Assessment System assists in the detection, prevention, investigation and response to criminal and terrorist activity, disseminates intelligence and facilitates communications between state, local, federal and tribal agencies as well as private sector partners, to help them take action on threats.

Gonzalez was mortally wounded at the Cambodian restaurant attacked by the terrorists. The California band Eagles of Death Metal was playing at the Bataclan venue, where 118 people were killed and many more wounded. The band escaped, but its merchandise manager, Nick Alexander, was reported among the dead on Saturday, according to a report in Rolling Stone.


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