One was a New Yorker.
Another was a former New Jersey school board president.
A Belgian woman was mother of two, and five Argentinians were celebrating their 30th high school reunion a long way from home.
New York City police Wednesday revealed the names of those killed Tuesday when madman pledging allegiance to the Islamic State rampaged through a Manhattan bike trail. Police shot the suspect, 29-year-old Uzbekistan native Sayfullo Saipov, took him into custody.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio mourned the victims.
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"Six of them came from other nations because they saw New York as a special place to be, and we now and forever will consider them New Yorkers," de Blasio said. "They shared this tragedy with us. We will remember them as New Yorkers."
Darren Drake, a native of New Milford, N.J., and former president of its school board, was a project manager at Moody's Investors Service at the World Trade Center. Drake, 33, had rented a Citi Bike between meetings Tuesday and was listening to an audiobook: 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, his father said.
"He was the most innocent, delicate kid in the world," James Drake said. "While other people would take cigarette or coffee breaks, he would go out and ride the bike for 15 or 20 minutes.”
Nicholas Cleves, 23, the youngest victim, was the only Manhattan resident to die in the assault. He lived with his mother in the West Village, the New York Post reported.
He was a software engineer at Unified Digital Group and a graduate of Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Ann-Laure Decadt, 31, the only female victim, was riding a bicycle with her mother and two sisters when she was hit. She was was rushed to New York Presbyterian Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
She had been excited about seeing the New York City Marathon this coming Sunday and spending Halloween in New York with her two small boys.
"She was a wonderful wife, and the most beautiful mum," her husband, Alexander Naessens, told Belgium's HLN newspaper. "This loss is unbearable and can not be overcome."
Belgium's deputy prime minister, Didier Reynders, tweeted that he was "deeply saddened" because of Decadt's death. He also tweeted that three Belgians were among the 12 people wounded.
Reynerds spent Wednesday in New York and met with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, thanking him for "the professional work of the security and rescue services." Belgium is no stranger to deadly terror: On March 22, 2016, bombings at an airport and train station killed 32 victims and three attackers.
The Argentinian victims were identified as Diego Enrique Angelini, Ariel Erlij, Hernán Ferruchi, Hernan Diego Mendoza and Alejandro Damián Pagnucco. The men, all in their late 40s, were part of a larger group from Rosario, 180 miles northwest of Buenos Aires, celebrating the 30th anniversary of their graduation from a technical school in their city of more than 1.3 million people.
Another member of the group was wounded while four others were uninjured, the Argentine foreign ministry said. The group was touring New York and Boston.
Elij had spent about a year organizing the trip for his pals, most of whom became successful architects.
On Saturday, the U.S.-bound former schoolmates posed for a photo at Rosario Islas Malvinas Airport before jetting to the United States. Their T-shirts read "Libre" — free.
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Elij, a successful steel industrialist, footed the bill for his school buddies. The 48-year-old made steel products in Rosario.
A video shows the pals riding bikes down the path along the Hudson, minutes before the attack. They are laughing and smiling, free. Soon, they would be walking alongside their bikes, two by two, when the carnage began.
Classmate Ariel Benvenuto escaped harm when the truck missed him by less than a foot. Hours later, he would make the phone call home, to tell his wife what had happened, how their joy had turned to something gruesome.
Argentine President Mauricio Macri called the group "model citizens" and said the gruesome attack “hit hard all Argentines.”
"There is no place for gray areas in the fight against terrorism," he said.