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Victims in NYC terror attack identified

 

NEW YORK — Eight people were killed Tuesday when the driver of a rented pickup truck plowed into pedestrians and bicyclists in lower Manhattan, blocks away from the World Trade Center, in what is the deadliest terror attack in the city since Sept. 11, 2001.

The deceased were all identified on Wednesday. They are:

Darren Drake (Facebook)

Men from New York and New Jersey

Nicholas Cleves, 23, of Manhattan, and Darren Drake, 32, of New Mildford, N.J., were two Americans killed in the attack, police said.

Drake was a project manager for an investment firm who was on a break. He died riding a bicycle, an activity he loved and that helped him lose 93 pounds.

He was a project manager for Moody's Investors Service and was a master's degree student in the information systems program at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Stevens president Nariman Farvardin sent a message about Drake to the university community on Wednesday. He says the "thoughts and sympathies" of the Stevens community are with Drake's family and friends.

He says Drake's death is "an enormous loss" for the community.

Drake was among eight people killed in the truck attack.

Cleves, who was also riding a bike, was a software engineer and web developer who lived in Manhattan's Greenwich Village.

Online profiles show he went to Elisabeth Irwin High School in New York City and graduated last year from Skidmore College with a degree in computer science. He had been working as a software engineer for the Unified Digital Group.

Cleves described himself on his Facebook page as a "nerdy white boy." The most recent photo posted there showed him posing with some friends next to a Darth Vader figure at Star Wars exhibit.

Outlining his aspirations on LinkedIn, Cleves wrote that he was "searching for ways in which technology can be used to make positive impacts on our everyday lives."

A mom from Belgium

Anne-Laure Decadt, a 31-year-old Belgian woman, was also among those killed, according to a statement from her husband, Alexander Naessens.

Decadt was on a trip to New York with her two sisters and her mother, Naessens said.

She was on a bike at the time of the crash, he said. Her relatives were unharmed in the attack.

"This loss is unbearable," Naessens said.

Decadt is survived by two young sons, ages 3 months and 3 years.

Friends from Argentina

The Argentine foreign ministry has identified its citizens killed in the attack.

They are Hernan Diego Mendoza-Espino, Diego Enrique Angelini, Alejandro Damian Pagnucco, Ariel Erlij, and Hernan Ferruchi.

Erlij was 48. His deceased friends were 47, NYPD said.

The ministry also says one of its citizens, Martin Ludovico Marro, is recovering from injuries at Manhattan's Presbyterian Hospital.

The victims were part of a group of friends celebrating the 30th anniversary of their graduation from the Polytechnic School of Rosario, Argentina.

The government gave its condolences and said that all Argentines are sharing in this terrible moment of profound sadness.

(Credit: Clarin / Families)