The terrorist who mowed down more than a dozen civilians in New York on Tuesday afternoon killed five friends who were visiting the city from Argentina on a school reunion.
Ariel Erlij, Hernán Diego Mendoza, Diego Enrique Angelini, Alejandro Damián Pagnucco and Hernán Ferruchi were all killed when Uzbek man Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, 29, allegedly drove for 17 blocks down a bicycle path in a scenic area of Manhattan’s West Side.
A sixth man in the group, Martin Ludovico Marro, was also hospitalized in the incident, which killed a total of eight people and injured at least 15.
Even more tragically, Erlij, who runs a steel mill in Argentina, had paid out of his own pocket to ensure two of the members of the group could be there, local news reported.
The Argentine government confirmed Tuesday night that most of the group – all in the class of 1987 – had flown to New York for a school reunion.
Erlij, 48, who owned the Argentinian steel company Ivanar, had paid for flights for two of his friends so they could attend, according to Infobae.