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Published: Sun, November 05, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Victims In Manhattan Truck Attack Identified As College Friends From Argentina

Victims In Manhattan Truck Attack Identified As College Friends From Argentina

They were celebrating the 30th anniversary of their graduation from the Polytechnic School.

On Thursday, some of those wives and other relatives began arriving in NY, too - for the grim task of formally identifying loved ones and reclaiming their bodies.

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.

In the aftermath of the Manhattan terror attack, which saw eight people getting killed and 11 injured in one of the brutal terror attacks in recent times also saw five Argentine friends getting killed despite no fault of their own and they were meeting to reunite and cherish their friendship.

Police shot Saipov after he exited the rented truck he was driving and ran through the street waving pellet guns.

He said she was riding a bicycle near the Hudson River with her family when she was struck.

"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.

According to Argentina's Foreign Ministry, the victims are Diego Enrique Angelini, Ariel Erlij, Hernán Diego Mendoza, Alejandro Damián Pagnucco and Hernán Ferruchi. Marro also was injured and hospitalized. One friend helped cover the trip's cost, and numerous men arrived on Sunday, after traveling more than 8,800 miles from Argentina. As teenagers, they had bonded in the halls and classrooms of the Instituto Politécnico, a technical high school in Rosario, and graduated together from there in 1987. "They have a good economic position, and they were always offering to help".

Argentina's vice consul in New York, Eduardo Almirantearena, said the chancellery and the U.S. State Department had collaborated to speed up visa processing for the relatives, Clarín reported.

Argentina's president, Mauricio Macri, said the deaths of the men in the attack had "hit all Argentines hard". He acknowledged possible complications because the attack is being investigated as an act of terrorism.

In Rosario, a minute of silence was observed at the high school earlier Wednesday, and the light-blue and white Argentina flag was flown at half-staff. Last evening, thousands gathered at the school for a candlelight vigil honoring the victims.

This article incorporated material from The Associated Press.

"The groups of friends that are built in this community, in this school, are friends for life", one mourner said, according to the Argentine news organization ARTEAR. "I'm in a very ugly moment of my life". "Then this happened in another part of the world".

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