A New Jersey man who worked at the World Trade Center, a young New Yorker, a Belgian mother of two, and five Argentines celebrating their high school graduation 30 years ago were killed in the truck attack on a New York City bike path.
Little else was known so far about those killed in what officials have described as the deadliest terror attack on the city since September 11, 2001.
Five victims were from the Argentine city of Rosario. Three other Belgians were wounded. As in the June attack on London Bridge in the United Kingdom, and the July attack on Las Ramblas, Barcelona's main drag, the victims were largely tourists, who hailed from far beyond the streets of Manhattan.
The authorities confirmed that the 29-year-old attacker, who was shot in the abdomen, was taken to a hospital. The Argentine Foreign Ministry identified the men who died, all in their late 40s, as Hernán Diego Mendoza, Diego Enrique Angelini, Alejandro Damián Pagnucco, Ariel Erlij, and Hernán Ferruchi.
A sixth Argentine, Martin Ludovico Marro, was injured and is being treated at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan.
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A group of friends from Argentina traveled to see the Statue of Liberty as part of their 30-year high school anniversary. Erlij, 48, was a well-known businessman in Rosario, the paper reported, and was the one who organized the trip.
The dead also included Ann-Laure Decadt, 31, of Belgium, who had travelled to NY with her mother and two sisters, according to her husband, Alexander Naessens, who shared information about his wife with the mayor of Staden, where she lived. "The last thing the president or anyone else should do is politicize this tragedy".
Macri said Wednesday that "all of us have to be committed from head to toe in the fight against terrorism". "We've got to do the exact opposite". The terrorists want to affirm that this nation is somehow anti-Muslim.