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8 killed in New York terror attack: What we know about the victims

A driver in a rented pickup truck plowed into pedestrians and bicyclists on a path in New York City on Tuesday, killing eight people and injuring 12 others. Police said the suspect in the case, 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov, was shot in the abdomen by a police officer after the truck collided with a school bus. Saipov, who came to the United States from Uzbekistan in 2010, carried out the attack in ISIS’s name, police said Wednesday. Investigators said 20 people were injured in the attack, six of which were pronounced dead at the scene. Two other people died at hospital, according to authorities. Here’s what we know about the victims:


  1. 5 Argentine friends, visiting New York for reunion, killed

  2. Officials identified five Argentines killed in the attack as slain friends who were part of a larger group visiting from Rosario to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their high school graduation.
  3. Hernán Diego Mendoza, Diego Enrique Angelini, Alejandro Damián Pagnucco, Ariel Erlij and Hernán Ferruchi graduated from the Polytechnic School of Rosario in 1987. They visited New York with five other classmates and also toured Boston, The Associated Press reported.
  4. Friends told the AP that Mendoza was an architect and father of three. He designed his friend Estanislao Beas's home.
  5. "The news destroyed my wife and I," Beas told the AP. "We had a tight bond. We cared for him so much. It's incredible that this happened to him and that he was there at that time."
  6. Erlij, 48, was father to three boys and owner of Argentine steel products manufacturing company Ivanar, according to La Nacion. In a letter to employees Wednesday, company officials wrote that they were "very hurt and saddened by the tragedy."
  7. He helped pay for his friend's tickets, according to the newspaper.
  8. “They were five young entrepreneurs, model citizens in Rosario society,” Argentine President Mauricio Macri said Wednesday, according to Reuters. “We all must stand together in the fight against terrorism.”
  9. Belgian mother of two killed

  10. Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Didier Reynders said one of the country's nationals was also killed in the attack.
  11. Family members identified the woman as Ann-Laure Decadt, 31, the mother of two young sons, including a 3-month-old.
  12. In a statement released to the New York Daily News, Decadt's husband, Alexander Naessens, said the family learned of her death in a call from a New York Hospital.
  13. “This loss is unbearable and unthinkable,” Naessens told the Daily News. “Anne-Laure ... was a fantastic wife and the most beautiful mom to our two sons.”
  14. Family members said that Decadt "was riding a bike and apparently was surprised by a vehicle that came from behind," the AP reported, noting that another family member who was traveling with her escaped injury.
  15. Two American men, from New York, New Jersey, killed

  16. Police identified the slain Americans as 23-year-old Nicholas Cleves, of Manhattan, and 32-year-old Darren Drake, of New Mildford, New Jersey, WPIX reported.
  17. Cleves, originally from Boston, was known to ride his bike in the area, according to WABC. Citing his Facebook page, the news station reported that he worked as a software engineer.
  18. Drake was riding his bike during a 15-minute breaking from his job as a program manager at Moody's Analytics when he was struck and killed, WNBC reported.
  19. He was taking classes to get his second master's degree and served for four years on the New Milford Board of Education, according to the news station.
  20. "He had everything going for him," his father, Jimmy Drake, told WNBC in an emotional interview Wednesday.