Argentine victims seen biking moments before NYC terror attack in video

A police officer stands near a vehicle in the parking lot of a Home Depot store Tuesday

In what seemed to be a attractive fall afternoon on Halloween, turned into a tragic one after a terrorist attack in Manhattan that left eight people dead and 11 others injured.

The attack killed eight people and seriously injured 11. The five Argentines killed by suspected attacker Sayfullo Saipov were identified as Hernan Diego Mendoza, Diego Enrique Angelini, Alejandro Damian Pagnucco, Ariel Erlij and Hernan Ferruchi, the country's consulate in New York City said.

"They were pedaling in lines of two, chatting, laughing, enjoying the ride".

"We will have a week of mourning, starting with a minute of silence for our students today", a director of the high school, Alicia Oliva, told journalists in Rosario. Besides the eight deaths, 12 people, including two children and two school staff members, were injured.

"Give their family and friends the gift of hope that gives comfort in the most hard moments, to continue trusting in His mercy, that soothes and gives serenity and peace", the archbishop said.

At a news conference Wednesday morning, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said all of the foreign victims of the attack would be considered New Yorkers from now on. "We place ourselves at the disposition of the families of the Argentinian victims".

One victim, Hernan Diego Mendoza, was a father of three who designed the home of his close friend, Estanislao Beas.

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. "We had a tight bond". The school planned a candlelight vigil Wednesday evening.

Erlij, CEO of the Argentine steel products manufacturing firm Ivanar, had organized the trip and had helped finance travel for friends of lesser means, according to news reports.

The ministry also says one of its citizens, Martin Ludovico Marro, is recovering from injuries at Manhattan's Presbyterian Hospital.

Two Americans, a Belgian mother and five Argentine tourists visiting New York City to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their high school graduation were killed in Tuesday's truck attack that targeted cyclists and pedestrians in lower Manhattan, officials said. They wore matching white T-shirts emblazoned with the Spanish word "LIBRE", a joke that they would have a few days of freedom from their wives and workaday responsibilities.

After reciting the Angelus for All Saints' Day on Wednesday, Pope Francis prayed for the victims of the attack, saying he was "deeply grieved". Tuesday's deadly incident is being investigated as a possible act of terrorism.

The pope condemned the "homicidal folly" of those who abuse the name of God to disseminate death and asked that the Lord convert the hearts of terrorists. It's also the hometown of soccer star Lionel Messi and revolutionary Che Guevara, as the Associated Press observed.

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