- Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov is suspected of killing eight and injuring 11 during a terror attack in New York City on Tuesday. Five Argentinians and a Belgian were among those killed. Two other victims remain unidentified.
At least eight people have died, and 11 were injured in a terror attack in lower Manhattan, New York City, on Tuesday.
Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, a 29-year-old Uzbeki national, is suspected to have rammed a pickup truck into cyclists and pedestrians in a bike lane, collided with a school bus, and threatened people with fake guns, police said.
The victims included five Argentinians and one Belgian. Two other victims remain unidentified. Six of the victims died at the scene, while two died of their injuries in hospital, The New York Times reported.
The five Argentinians were friends from Rosario, a port city in northern Argentina, the country’s foreign ministry said. They were in New York City to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their high school graduation from Rosario’s Polytechnic School.
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Decadt, a Belgian national, was killed in the truck attack, her husband Alexander Naessens said in a statement to Focus WTV, a local Belgian TV network. The 31-year-old from Staden, western Flanders, was a mother to two young children.
“My wife has just become 31. She was a fantastic wife and a beautiful mom for our two sons of three months and three years old,” Naessens said. “This loss is unbearable and unavoidable.”
Decadt had been in New York City with her mother and two sisters, who were unharmed. She was on a bike and attacked from behind, Naessens said, according to Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws.
“It’s so unreal that this can happen,” Mayor Francesco Vanderjeugd said. “A few days ago, I sent a text to one of the sisters when I saw on social media that she was in the United States. I wished them a beautiful trip, hoping they would enjoy each other’s company and Halloween.”
Reynders also said three Belgians were injured and “in the operation room.”
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Ariel Erlij, 48, was one of the five Argentinians killed.
He was the owner of Ivanar, a steel company in Rosario, according to Argentine newspaper La Nación. He was married, had at least two children, and was a fan of the Rosario Central football club, Argentinian news agency Télam reported.
He encouraged the reunion trip and helped pay for some of his friends’ tickets to New York, The Guardian said. The group had rented bicycles and walked around lower Manhattan when they were hit, La Nación said.
Four other members of the group of ten managed to escape the scene unharmed and have already communicated with their families, Argentinian newspaper Clarín reported.
A sixth friend, Martín Ludovico Marro, was recovering from his injuries at Manhattan’s Presbyterian Hospital, the Argentinian Foreign Ministry said.
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Alejandro Damián Pagnucco
Pagnucco, also known as “Picho,” lived in Funes, a city near Rosario, La Nación reported.
He graduated from the National University of Rosario, his hometown, and worked for design company Barujel Azulay and construction conglomerate the Brayco Group, according to Télam.
He had three daughters, local broadcaster Rosario3 reported.
Below is a group photo taken before their trip, obtained by Argentinian newspaper La Nacion. Alejandro Pagnucco and Erlij are on the second and third from left respectively.
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Hernán Ferruchi, Diego Enrique Angelini, and Hernán Diego Mendoza
These were the three other Argentinians named by the country’s foreign ministry.
Ferruchi, pictured above, was an architect in Rosario, La Nación reported. Like Pagnucci, he studied at the National University of Rosario.
Mendoza, also an architect, was a keen rugby player, Rosario3 said. Little is known yet about Diego Enrique Angelini.
The municipality of Rosario – where the friends grew up – has declared three days of mourning.