Argentina president laments death of five citizens in NYC attack

Argentina president laments death of five citizens in NYC attack

The attack left eight people dead. Police have called it a terrorist attack, saying the driver was an Uzbek immigrant who "did it in the name of ISIS".

The men had studied together at a polytechnic college in Rosario, Argentina, until they graduated in 1987 and had been planning the trip for over a year, BBC reports.

"They were pedaling in lines of two, chatting, laughing, enjoying the ride".

She told Argentinian media her husband suddenly "felt a speeding vehicle, and then the truck that zoomed by" at high speed.

The five friends' death has come as a shock to many people back home and they are still coming to terms with it.

"Give their family and friends the gift of hope that gives comfort in the most hard moments, to continue trusting in His mercy, that soothes and gives serenity and peace", the archbishop said.

The suspect, Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, 29, an Uber and commercial truck driver from New Jersey, was identified as an Uzbek national who is a permanent USA resident. "This is sad news for the world, but even more so for those of us who had the opportunity of getting to know them", the letter read. "It's incredible that this happened to him and that he was there at that time". Last evening, thousands gathered at the school for a candlelight vigil honoring the victims. He remembered Mendoza as an honest and generous person, "among those who deserve to stay in this world".

The men were 1987 graduates of Higher Polytechnic Institute General San Martín in Rosario, Argentina's third-largest city, located roughly 175 miles or nearly 300 kilometers northwest of Buenos Aires.

The Argeninian men were part of a larger group of 10 people, according to Argentinian newspaper La Nacion.

A sixth member of the group, named as Martin Ludovico Marro, is being treated in a Manhattan hospital, the ministry added.

On Wednesday, the high school flew the blue-and-white Argentine flag at half staff.

According to CNN, the five men were friends visiting NY to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their high school graduation. 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.

Only days earlier, before flying to the USA, they had posed for a group photo, all of them wearing T-shirts with the word "Libre", or "Free" - meaning free from any responsibilities, said Piedrabuena, the wife of survivor Ariel Benvenuto.

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