Over 100 people attended a vigil Tuesday for 19-year-old Cal student Tarishi Jain, one of the victims of an attack at a Dhaka cafe in Bangladesh on July 2. The vigil was held on the steps of Sproul Hall on the UC Berkeley campus.
Chancellor Nicholas Dirks was one of the first to speak during the vigil for Jain, followed by students from multiple campus organizations. Shivani Narang, as well two other students from the South Asian, Southwest Asian and North African Student Coalition, spoke of the loss of Jain and its effect on the UC Berkeley community.
Those who gathered in Sproul Plaza for the vigil mourned in silence while fellow students, some of whom knew Jain, talked about her scholastic drive, energy and enthusiasm. Faculty and members of the community also spoke.
"It's just very harrowing to wake up one day and find that it has impacted you," said Dana Alpert, a floormate of Jain. "It brings ISIS to a personal level. It brings terrorism and hate in general to a personal level."
A large white banner, along with markers and boxes of tissue, were laid in front of the memorial for anyone who wanted to write a message in remembrance of Jain.
Hannah Rowe, Tarishi Jain's roommate at UC Berkeley, left a message recalling fond memories of her time with Jain and the playful experiences they shared as UC Berkeley students.