Victims In Manhattan Truck Attack Identified As College Friends From Argentina

5 Victims In Manhattan Truck Attack Identified As College Friends From Argentina

Among the dead were five Argentines that were part of a group visiting New York City to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their high school graduation.

"They were 10 high school friends". The municipality of Rosario, a city of 1.3 million on the banks of the Parana River in northern Argentina, declared three days of mourning, the city's mayor Monica Fein said on Twitter.

At least 8 people were killed and 11 injured when a man drove a rented truck down a bike path in lower Manhattan on Tuesday.

In Buenos Aires, Argentine President Mauricio Macri praised the five architects and businessmen as model citizens. "We all must stand together in the fight against terrorism".

"She was on a city trip with her two sisters and her mother". "We are doing everything we can to help them".

The former classmates from a school in Argentina wanted to be together, and for some it was their first time traveling to NY.

The deceased were identified by the country's consulate as Hernan Diego Mendoza, Diego Enrique Angelini, Alejandro Damian Pagnucco, Ariel Erlij and Hernan Ferruchi. The victims were 48 to 49 years old. A sixth Argentine national, Martin Ludovico Marro, was hospitalized with injuries, but is expected to recover.

The other victims were Americans: One a new college graduate working as a software engineer, the other a doting son who had recently lost almost 100 pounds and was riding a bike in between work meetings.

The reunion trip was partially financed by Erlij, the chief executive of Ivanar, an Argentine steel products manufacturing company, according to Argentina's La Nacion newspaper. "He was, more than anything, a great person who knew how to bring perseverance and commitment to every aspect of this life". They were among eight total fatalities of the attack near the World Trade Center.

"There were strong links among these friends, which is why they had made a decision to take this trip together after 30 years", the director of the high school, Alicia Oliva, told journalists in Rosario, adding that the school had declared a week of mourning.

United States officials said eleven people were also seriously hurt in the first deadly attack on the city since the September 11, 2001 Al-Qaeda hijackings.

But the reunion turned from joyful to terrible when a suspected ISIS militant careened down one of the city's bike paths in a rented pickup truck, plowing into city dwellers and tourists alike - killing five of the Argentinian men.

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