The victims were part of a group of friends celebrating the 30th anniversary of their graduation from the Polytechnic School of Rosario, Argentina.
The Argentine foreign ministry has identified its citizens killed in the bike path attack near the World Trade Center.
Bicycles and debris lies on a bike path after a motorist drove onto the path near the World Trade Center memorial, striking and killing several people Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017.
The attack "is something that has hit all of us Argentines hard and especially me", Macri said as he opened a financial forum in Buenos Aires. Only days earlier, before flying to the United States, they had posed for a group photo, all of them wearing T-shirts with the word "Libre", or Free.
The Argentinian Foreign Ministry released the following statement: "The Argentine Government expresses its honest condolences over the death of Argentine citizens Hernan Diego Mendoza, Diego Enrique Angelini, Alejandro Damian Pagnucco, Ariel Erlij and Hernan Ferruchi, which occurred because of the dramatic terrorist attack this afternoon in NY".
The government gave its condolences and said that all Argentines are sharing in this bad moment of profound sadness.
In a message to President Donald Trump, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and de Blasio sent Wednesday morning, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wrote: "We stand with our friends in New York and all Americans following yet another awful Islamist terror attack".
New York's mayor called Tuesday's attack "a particularly cowardly act of terror". It is believed at least three are in critical condition.
- The driver, identified as 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov, was shot by police after jumping out of the rented vehicle with two fake guns.
One of the dead is from Belgium.
A sixth person, Martin Ludovico Marro, was hospitalized at Presbiterian Hospital of Manhattan after he suffered trauma to his neck, the New York Daily News reported.