A group of former classmates from Argentina were celebrating the 30th anniversary of their graduation in New York City when they were hit by a truck as they were on a group bike ride.
According to People, Aril Erlij was so excited for his friends to celebrate their 30th high school graduation anniversary together that he paid out of his pocket for two of them to make the flight from Argentina to New York City.
The reunion turned horrible when a suspected ISIS militant rushed down one of the city's bike paths in a rented pickup truck, plowing into pedestrians — killing five of the Argentinian men.
Their names were Hernán Diego Mendoza, Diego Enrique Angelini, Alejandro Damián Pagnucco, Ariel Erlij and Hernán Ferruchi. Another friend on the trip, Martin Ludovico Marro, is recovering from his injuries at New York Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan, according to a statement by the Foreign Ministry.
Officials said a sixth Argentine, Martin Ludovico Marro, was recovering from injuries at New York Presbyterian Hospital.
"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 Argentina’s La Nacion newspaper.
The victims were among eight friends who were celebrating their 30th anniversary of their 1987 graduation from the Polytechnic School of Rosario, Argentina.
The government has expressed its most sincere condolences in this difficult time. The suspect in the truck attack was identified as Sayfullo Saipov, an Uzbek national.
Praying for the family and friends of the victims of this horrible tragedy. In related news, President Trump responded to the NYC terror attack with a solution and warning.