On Tuesday, a truck drove through a bike lane in lower Manhattan for more than 12 blocks, killing eight people and injuring 11 others. The terror suspect, Sayfullo Saipov, yelled out “Allahu Akbar” after the attack and has also been wounded and taken into police custody. The names of the victims weren’t immiedately released.
On Wednesday, the public finally got to see who died during Tuesday’s terror attack in New York City. Look below and get to know the eight victims who died as a result of the truck-based terror attack in Lower Manhattan.
NYC Terror Attack Victims: Names, Photos & Details
His father, Jimmy Drake, describes him as “the perfect son.” His son still lived at home, and they enjoyed spending time together, speaking about politics and going fishing.
“While other people would take cigarette or coffee breaks, he would go out and ride the bike for 15 or 20 minutes,” said Darren’s father, who added that his son usually listened to an audio book while riding a bike.
Jimmy Drake added, “I hope he didn’t feel any pain.”
Darren Drake worked as a program manager job at Moody’s Analytics. He was killed during his 15-minute break, as a truck drove down a bike lane in lower Manhattan, killing Darren and seven other people.
Nicholas Francis Cleves/Facebook
Nicholas Francis Cleves was a 23-year-old soft wear engineer. He also worked in a deli in Greenwich Village, Manhattan. His co-worker Dianne describes him as a “sweetheart.”
“He’s absolutely lovely, he was a sweetheart, warm and friendly. He would come in every day,” said Dianne. “There are some people who are just good, and he was.”
According to Nicholas’ Facebook page, he is a graduate of Elisabeth Irwin High School. His page also indicates that he recently completed a degree in computer science and physics from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs last year.
His mom is said to be distraught and has declined to make a comment regarding her son’s death.
Five Argentinian Citizens Died In The Attack
Five people who were killed in the crash were reportedly citizens of the South American nation, Argentina. Here’s a full list of the five names: Hernán Diego Mendoza, Diego Enrique Angelini, Alejandro Damián Pagnucco, Ariel Erlij and Hernán Ferruchi.
A sixth Argentinian man, Martin Ludovico Marro, was reportedly injured in the attack.
All the Argentinian men who were either killed or injured in the crash were between the ages of 48 and 49.
“We now and forever will consider them New Yorkers. They shared this tragedy with us and for that we will always remember them as New Yorkers,” Mayor de Blasio said Wednesday, regarding all the foreigners who were killed during Tuesday’s terror attack.
A Belgian Woman Was Killed
The woman who died in the terror attack has been identified as 31-year-old Belgian national, Ann-Laure Decadt. She was a mother of two (including a baby). Decadt was with her family when she was hit by a truck and killed on Tuesday.
Belgium’s Foreign Minister Didier Reynders confirmed that a Belgian woman was among the dead during Tuesday’s terror attack in Manhattan. Reynder wrote on that Twitter, “I am deeply saddened to announce a Belgian victim in #Manhattan – I express my condolences to the family and friends “.
I am deeply saddened to announce a belgian victim in #Manhattan – I express my condolences to the family and friends 🇧🇪🇺🇸
— didier reynders (@dreynders) October 31, 2017
Reynder, who is also Belgium’s deputy prime minister, said that the woman, who died in the attack, was a resident of Roeselare, a city in the Flemish province of West Flanders. She was reportedly visiting New York City with her mother and sister.
Belgium’s deputy prime minister also confirmed that three other Belgium citizens were injured in Tuesday’s terror attack.
Trois belges ont également été blessés à #Manhattan et sont en salle d’opération. Notre consulat général va leur apporter son aide. 🇧🇪🇺🇸
— didier reynders (@dreynders) November 1, 2017
Reynder’s words translate to, “Three Belgians were also injured in #Manhattan and are in the operating room. Our Consulate General will help them.”