A suspected ISIS militant plowed a rented truck down one of Manhattan’s busier bike routes Tuesday afternoon- killing at the least eight people and seriously injuring 12 others in what was the deadliest terror attack in New York City since 9/11.
Many of those killed were tourists, including five Argentines celebrating a school reunion.
“This has turned out to be an international event, in terms of the victims themselves, ” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said after meeting with Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders Wednesday. “We truly stand in complete solidarity with Belgium, Argentina and all other countries against these actions.”
“This is a face that knows no borders, ” Tillerson said of terrorism.
Read on to learn more about the victims of Tuesday’s attack.
Ariel Erlij, 48, organized the journey to New York City with his friends to celebrate the 30 th anniversary of their 1987 graduation from the Polytechnic School of Rosario, according to La Nacion, an Argentinian newspaper.
The owner of Ivanar, a steel and iron company, Erlij reportedly paid for at least some of his friends to go on the journey to the U.S.
Erlij foliages behind three children. He loved soccer and volleyball, Argentinian newspaper Clarin reported.
Argentina’s consul in New York, Mateo Estreme, told La Capital newspaper in Rosario that the four survivors in the group are in a state of shock. Merely days earlier, before flying to the U.S ., they had posed for a group photo, all of them wearing T-shirts with the Spanish term “Libre, ” or “Free.”
Hernan Mendoza was a founding partner of the Amascuatro designer firm in Rosario, La Nacion reported.
Hernan Ferruchi was an architect in Rosario, Argentina, and worked on a project involving high-end properties near the Parana River, according to La Nacion.
Ferruchi had also analyzed at the National University of Rosario.
Diego Enrique Angelini
Diego Angelini was also an designer with a studio in Rosario, La Nacion reported. He leaves behind three children.
Alejandro Damian Pagnucco
Alejandro Pagnucco, 49, was from Funes, Argentina, according to La Nacion.
Nicknamed “Picho, ” Pagnucco was an architect and worked as an accountant at training materials sales company, according to La Nacion. He leaves behind three daughters, Clarin reported.
The Rosario Central soccer team tweeted its condolences to the families of the deceased Tuesday night.
Visiting New York with her mom and sisters, Ann-Laure Decadt, 31, was killed in the car attack, Belgian publication HLN reported.
Decadt’s husband said she was a “fantastic wife” and “the most beautiful mom.” She has two sons, one who is 3 years old and the other who is 3 months old, according to HLN.
“This loss is unbearable and cannot be overcome, ” Decadt’s husband told.
Decadt was from Staden in Belgium.
Tillerson confirmed that one Belgium citizen had been killed in the attack and others were injured.
In an effort to lose weight, Darren Drake, 32, was taking a bike to his meeting Tuesday afternoon when he was fatally struck by the truck, his mother told the New York Post.
Drake was a Rutgers University alumnus and was from New Milford, N.J ., NorthJersey.com reported.
Drake was an only child who lived at home and had dinners with his family regularly, his father told reporters.
He was working towards a masters degree at Stevens Institute of Technology.
“I hope he didn’t feel any pain, ” his father said.
The New York Police Department told Nicholas Cleves, 23, was also killed in the attack. Cleves lived in Greenwich Village in Manhattan, according to police.
The only New Yorker killed, Cleves was recollected as “absolutely lovely” and a “sweetheart” by a local deli worker who knew him, according to the New York Post.
Cleves had just received a degree in computer science and physics from Skidmore College in Sarasota Springs, the New York Post reported.
The Associated Press contributed to this report .
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