Nicholas Cleves, 23, and Darren Drake, 32, who both run in New York, were recalled as thriving young men and praised for their kindness
The two young Americans who died alongside six tourists in the terrorist attack in New York on Tuesday have been praised as smart, promising young men who were clearly flourishing and in the prime of their lives.
The native New Yorker Nicholas Cleves was just 23 and a talented software engineer who was remembered as a “sweetheart” by a local storekeeper. Darren Drake was 32, research projects director for the credit ratings agency Moody’s who commuted into the city daily from New Jersey and was described by his father as “most innocent”.
The two men were killed when a human drove a rented truck at high speed for almost a mile down the scenic cycle path that runs along the west side of Manhattan. The attack was claimed by the Islamic State late on Thursday.
A dozen people were injured as the truck mowed down cyclists and pedestrians in a four-minute rampage. The worst trauma befall a woman who has had to have both legs amputated, a New York police detective told the Guardian, asking that his name not be used as he was not authorized to discuss details of the incident publicly.” They were crushed beyond mend. The traumata are awful ,” the detective told.
Darren Drake was cycling on the track on a rented bicycle, close to his office in lower Manhattan, when Saipov struck. His father now plans to give his son’s bicycle, and his own, to charity.
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