NYPD identify eight victims of the NYC terror attack

Aaron Brown
November 3, 2017

Five were killed in the attack: Hernán Diego Mendoza-Espino, Diego Enrique Angelini, Alejandro Damian Pagnucco, Ariel Erlij, and Hernán Ferruchi.

- Nicholas Cleves, 23, of New York City. He is safe, according to sources from the hospital.

Five of the dead were tourists from Argentina who had travelled to New York City to celebrate a 30-year high school reunion. They were all from Rosario, Argentina, a port city along the Parana River that is about 300 miles northwest of Buenos Aires.

Erlij, who owned a steel mill, apparently sponsored the trip for two of his friends who graduated with him in 1987.

Argentine President Mauricio Macri says that the New York City bike path attack "has hit hard all Argentines" and that "there is no place for gray areas" in the fight against terrorism.

Jorge Faurie, Argentina's foreign affairs minister, expressed his condolences on Twitter late Tuesday, speaking of "this moment of profound and inexplicable pain to relatives and friends of our compatriots who died in NY".

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"I am deeply saddened to announce a Belgian victim in Manhattan - I express my condolences to the family and friends", she wrote. Her mother and sisters were not hurt. Three other Belgians were wounded.

Six of those victims were confirmed late Tuesday to be foreign nationals, five from Argentina and one from Belgium, according to their countries' foreign ministries.

U.S. officials said eight people died and eleven others were seriously injured in the first deadly attack on the city since the September 11, 2001 Al-Qaeda hijackings.

Those four people were injured when the suspect, identified as 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov, crashed his pickup truck into a school bus after driving down the bike path, near Stuyvesant High.

"Yesterday there was an act of terror in close proximity to several schools in lower Manhattan". "We are doing everything we can to help them".

Her husband, Alexander Naessens, released a statement to the Daily News saying, "This loss is unbearable and unthinkable". "Ongoing guidance and trauma counselors will be provided across schools to those in need".

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