BERKELEY (KRON) — In the East Bay, a somber tribute to a student who was murdered this past weekend, as she was one of the hostages taken and killed in that standoff with Islamic militants in Bangladesh.
Tarishi Jain was the 18-year-old Indian national abroad on an internship. She was among the 20 killed by Islamic militants during a terrorist attack at a bakery in Dhaka, Bangladesh this past weekend.
This summer she was in Dhaka for an internship at Eastern Bank Limited, according to Lawrence Cohen, director of UC Berkeley’s Institute for South Asian Studies.
“Thank you Tarishi, for having such a big heart and wanting so much for yourself and the world. And thank you for being so much fun and finding the light in everything,” friend and student Anisha Chemmachel said. “I’m so sorry. I love you and I’ll miss you forever.”
“One moment I go from tagging Tarishi in a Buzzfeed post on Facebook and the next, I Google her name and all I see are articles about her death. Even though she was more than that. She was a very loving, positive, dedicated person,” friend and student Aaliyah Parker said.
Jain was reportedly with her two friends, students at Emory University in Atlanta, who also died during the attack.
The crowd of more than 100 was there to pay their respects at Sproul Hall and counsel one another during this very difficult time. At the vigil, school officials set up a memorial for Jain on the steps of Sproul Hall filled with flowers and an oversized sheet of paper in which students and faculty could write down memories they shared with Jain.
A moment of silence for her was also observed. Their thoughts also went out to Jain’s parents.
“Today our hearts are broken and we stand together in solidarity and support with Tarishi’s family and her friends. As we do so, we cannot help but ask ourselves how to make sense of what seems senseless,” UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks said.
Her father reportedly was outside the bakery, hoping his daughter would survive.
Jain was planning on attending UC Berkeley in the fall.
She had planned to major in economics.
To help students and faculty grieve, the school’s University Health Services department will be offering counseling services throughout the week, said Susan Bell, the school’s assistant director of outreach and consultation services.
Students can drop by the school’s Tang Center anytime between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to talk to a counselor and no appointment will be needed.
Additionally, the school will hold a support space Wednesday at the school’s Multicultural Community Center starting at 2:30 p.m. for students and staff seeking a safe space to talk, Bell said.