UC Berkeley Student Still Missing After Nice Attack

'We just want our son back'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 16, 2016 10:35 AM CDT

(Newser) – A 20-year-old UC Berkeley student is still missing following Thursday's attack in Nice, France, and his family, friends, university, and government are desperately trying to find him. The San Francisco Chronicle reports Nick Leslie was one of 85 UC Berkeley students in Nice for the European Innovation Academy. He sent a Snapchat video of himself dancing at the Bastille Day celebrations to a friend just 15 minutes before the attack that killed at last 84 people and injured more than 200. He hasn't been heard from since. “I’m hoping he just lost his phone,” the friend says. “Fingers crossed.” Another friend who was at the scene tells the Mercury News he saw Leslie running from the promenade as the truck hit the crowd. "We know he successfully avoided colliding with the truck, but we lost him in the stampede and chaos that followed," the News quotes the friend as saying.

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Three other UC Berkeley students were injured in the attack. ”We have 85 over there. We found 84,” a university spokesperson tells the Los Angeles Times. “We’re hoping that Nick is coming home.” Leslie is originally from Italy and still has family in the area. On Friday, his aunt and uncle were searching Nice-area hospitals for him. The family remains "confident" he's alive as he hasn't appeared on any lists of the deceased. “We just want our son back,” Leslie's father tells the Chronicle. “We haven’t gotten the bad news. Our thoughts and prayers go to the people who have.” A father and son from Texas are the only Americans confirmed killed in the Nice attacks. (Another UC Berkeley student was killed in a terrorist attack earlier this month in Bangladesh.)

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