It is heartbreaking that every few months we are faced with yet another terror attack somewhere in the world. On October 31st, the world’s capital, New York City, faced terror once again as eight people were killed and 13 others injured by an ISIS terrorist.
Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, a 29-year-old Uzbekistan native who lived in New Jersey drove a rented truck into several people on a bike path near the World Trade Center and collided with a school bus.
“It appears that Mr. Saipov has been planning this for a number of weeks. He did this in the name of ISIS,” said John Miller, New York Police Department deputy commissioner for intelligence and counterterrorism.
Saipov was charged with federal terrorism offenses in connection with the Tuesday’s attack. Investigators found ISIS-related images and videos on Saipov’s cellphone.
This has been the deadliest terror attack in New York since 9/11, out of the eight killed, six were foreign tourists and two were Americans. Five were friends from Argentina who traveled to New York to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their high school graduation: Hernan Diego Mendoza, Diego Enrique Angelini, Alejandro Damian Pagnucco, Ariel Erlij and Hernan Ferruchi.
President Donald Trump tweeted late Wednesday that he had a conversation with Argentine President Mauricio Macri. “Just spoke to President Macri of Argentina about the five proud and wonderful men killed in the West Side terror attack,” Trump said. “God be with them!”
The two Americans killed were Darren Drake and Nicholas Cleves. The eighth victim was Ann-Laure Decadt of Belgium. She left behind two sons, a 3-year-old and a 3-month-old.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said of the victims, “Six of them came from other nations here, because they saw New York as a special place to be. And we now, and forever, will consider them New Yorkers.”
New York is indeed a special place and no threat of terrorism will ever change that or diminish the spirit of this great city and its resilient people. Mourners gathered in lower Manhattan Thursday evening to honor the victims of Tuesday attack. Participants marched south along the esplanade to Pier 25, “paying respects at designated points along the path,” Connie Fishman, executive director of Hudson River Park Friends, said in a statement.
We here at Gildshire Magazines had celebrated the great city of New York just 5 days before the attack. It is surreal that a place so incredibly vibrant and alive is now mourning not only the lives lost and those injured but the freedom of going for a bike ride on a sunny day without fear.