Vigil Tuesday for Cal student slain in Bangladesh attacks
A memorial vigil will be held Tuesday to honor the life of a University of California at Berkeley student and others slain in a terrorist attack in Bangladesh Friday.
The U.S. Embassy in Dhaka first reported a hostage situation at Holey Bakery in the city’s Gulshan 2 neighborhood around 10:55 p.m., Bangladesh Standard Time.
Tarashi Jain, 19, along with several others was inside the bakery, when a group of gunman reportedly stormed the business and began taking patrons hostage.
Jain was among the hostages who were killed during an hours-long standoff with Bangladesh authorities, Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj said on Twitter.
After about 10 hours, Bangladeshi authorities were able to free the surviving hostages and reportedly killed six of the gunmen.
Jain had gone to high school in Dhaka and began studying at UC Berkeley in 2014, according to UC Chancellor Nicholas Dirks.
The vigil is scheduled to take place at the UC campus’s Sproul Plaza on Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m.