five old friends from argentina reunited in new york. they died together in a terrorist attack.
All of them are from Rosario, Argentina\'s third-largest city, about 1/2 hours northwest of Argentina\'s capital, Buggs.
As teenagers, they tied up in the halls and classrooms of Rosario Technical High School Polytechnic and graduated together in 1987.
Despite changes in work, marriage, children, moved far away.
Every corner of the world
They are still close friends.
On Saturday, eight former students gathered to fly to the United States to celebrate their 30 th anniversary.
They are now in their 40 s and are firmly in middle age.
However, when they pose for a photo before departure, the old friends hug each other and laugh like primary school students.
They put on a white T-shirt.
Shirt with the same word: \"LIBRE. \" Free.
It is not clear when they will arrive in New York.
They plan to stop in Boston and meet another former classmate.
But for sure, Tuesday.
A beautiful autumn afternoon in Manhattan
The men cycled along the bike paths along the Hudson River.
As they rode along the West Side Highway, a rented white Home Depot truck also drove onto the path.
The truck will soon hit a group of pedestrians and cyclists, killing at least eight people.
Including five Argentine men.
At least one former classmate in the group was injured.
The family Depot truck will then enter a small school bus and four others will be injured, officials said.
After leaving traces of confusion, 29-year-
The old driver of the truck was shot and arrested by the police, ending what the authorities said was a terrorist attack.
Officials say the suspect Sayfullo Saipov left a note pledging allegiance to the Islamic State. New York Gov. Andrew M.
D Cuomo said that Saipov was considered a lone wolf and \"radicalized at home\" after moving from Uzbekistan to the United States six years ago \".
A blatant daytime attack in less than 10 blocks from the World Trade Center and the 9/11 Memorial Hall sent a shock wave across the city --
But thousands of miles away, Argentina\'s friends and family are also dealing with five people who have suddenly lost.
The Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs identified five Argentine nationals who died as Hernan Diego Mendoza, Diego Enrique Angelini, Alejandro damión pug
It added that the sixth member of the organization, Martin Ludovico Maro, was injured and hospitalized at the Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan.
The government quoted medical officials as saying his situation was stable.
\"They are five young entrepreneurs and model citizens of Rosario society,\" Argentine President Macri said while in Argentina\'s capital, Argentina.
\"In the fight against terrorism, we must be united.
\"Monica Finn, mayor of Rosario, has announced that the sign will be lowered at half the flag.
According to a local newspaper, the capital of Los Angeles, three days of mourning have taken place.
According to longtime family friend Mary bensuli, Erlij, 48, organized a party trip for her classmates to pay for those who can\'t afford it.
A well-known Argentine businessman with steel company Ivanna.
\"I can say that this family has a great spirit of unity,\" Bensuley told the Post . \".
\"Their trip is in memory of 30-
The first anniversary of graduation. . . .
They are great people.
They are in good economic condition and they always offer help on their own initiative.
She described Erlij\'s family as \"very sad \".
\"Just like many Argentines did on Wednesday, it is difficult for bensuli to deal with the motives of the attack.
\"Here everyone lives in peace and religion, which has never been an important topic,\" she said in a Facebook message.
\"There is a lot of debate about politics and football, but religion is not.
We are Catholics and we have friends from Jews, atheists and Mormons.
So are Muslim friends.
Our pain is for the innocent and unjust deaths of those who have nothing to do with madness, which trap people with their fundamentalist ideas and cause such terrible harm.
\"Erlij appeared at the airport in Rosario on Saturday at match T-
Shirts circulating in local media.
However, according to the Argentine newspaper clarin, he did not leave with the group that day, but caught up with them on a private flight in New York the next day.
Erlij\'s friend, Luciano D\'Amelio, told The Washington Post that he was a successful and generous gym enthusiast who took the time to exercise despite his busy life.
D\'amerio said that while his wife was not a Jew, Erlij was a Jew.
The couple has three children, she said.
\"I\'m still shocked,\" de Amerio said in a message on Facebook.
\"It really hit us.
In our wildest imagination, we never thought that such a thing would happen.
Another friend of Erlij, Jose Lo Menzo, called him a \"good man and father\" and he was also very smart. \"[Erlij]
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He succeeded in becoming a successful businessman without forgetting his friends . \"
\"This is a loss of no meaning.
\"According to La Nacion, there are at least two victims, Ferruchi and Angelini, architects.
Rosario resident and High School alumnus Estefania Garcia told the Post that she knew Maro, who is currently hospitalized for injuries caused by the attack.
She talked to his sister. in-
On Tuesday night, Luo told her that a group of close friends had been planning the trip for years.
Although the details behind the photo are matching T-
Garcia said the shirts have not been confirmed yet, \"they wear T-
Shirt with the words \"free\" on it.
Garcia said that \"freedom\" is one of the basic values taught by their alma mater.
She described it as a close community that brings lasting friendship.
Its courses are highly demanding and have long workshops, which means that the relationship between the students becomes very close.
She said she was not surprised to hear that a group of alumni remained close friends 30 years after graduation.
Garcia himself has a close relationship with his high school friends.
\"We all like it,\" she said . \"
Graduates live all over the world.
\"Marro is a long time America. S.
James Scott, a member of Newton\'s city council, said he lives in Newton, a suburb of Boston, and works as a biomedical researcher at the Novartis Institute in Cambridge.
Republican Scott said Marro hosted a fund-raising event for him last week, which the governor of Massachusetts also attended.
Scott said Marro and his architect\'s wife were \"not political figures,\" but because Marro\'s wife was a friend of Scott\'s wife, he offered to host the event, and he was also Argentinian.
Scott said Marro had two sons at Newton\'s elementary school and Marro was a football coach.
\"They are very nice and quiet,\" Scott said . \"
\"They were just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The Argentine government expressed \"sincere condolences\" and said that the consulate general maintained contact with the police, hospital staff and relatives of the victims in Argentina.
\"We are with the families of all Argentines at this terrible moment of suffering,\" the government statement wrote . \".
On the campus of the Institute of Technology, students plan to hold a candlelight vigil on Wednesday night to commemorate the dead \"Polly\" alumni.
\"As students, it hurts us because they took the same steps as us,\" agustin Riccardi, chairman of the student center at Polytechnic, told the Post.
\"We were all hurt.
This is a very close community.
Everyone has a family member who goes to Polly. \' \"---
The Washington Post\'s Nick Milov, Anthony Fiola, and vikelle Kygier contributed to the report.