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5 Argentinian Friends on School Reunion Killed in the New York Attack

5 Argentinian Friends on School Reunion Killed in the New York Attack

Wednesday, 1 November, 2017 - 13:00
Five victims who were among eight other friends pose in a group photo. via The Daily Mirror

Argentina on Wednesday mourned a group of friends who fell victims during the bike path terror attack in New York near the World Trade Center.

The 5 friends were part of a group of 8 friends celebrating the 30th anniversary of their high school graduation from the Polytechnic School of Rosario, Argentina.

They were all on a trip to New York and Boston, where their classmate, Marro, lives.

The Argentine foreign ministry identified them as Ariel Erlij, Hernan Diego Mendoza, Diego Enrique Angelini, Alejandro Damian Pagnucco, and Hernan Ferruchi.

Erlij, who owned a steel mill, paid for the trip, according to Argentina's La Nacion newspaper. Several other victims were architects.

Argentina's consul in New York, Mateo Estreme, told La Capital in Rosario that the survivors in the Argentine group are in a state of shock. Only days earlier, before flying to the US, they had posed for a group photo, all of them wearing T-shirts with the word "Libre," or Free, according to AP.

"Four died at the scene and another young man died when he was taken away by an ambulance," Jose Nunez, a national deputy who was a friend of several of the men, told La Nacion.

The Argentinian government released a statement expressing “its sincere condolences for the death of Hernán Diego Mendoza, Diego Enrique Angelini, Alejandro Damián Pagnucco, Ariel Erlij and Hernán Ferruchi.”

The attack killed eight people and seriously injured 11. The deputy prime minister and foreign affairs minister of Belgium said in a tweet that one of the dead was Belgian, AP reported.

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