Candles were lit outside their former college and flags were flown at half mast in Argentine city. Relatives of the victims have traveled to New York to retrieve their bodies.
Many of those who lit candles in front of the General San Martín polytechnic college. All expressed their dismay over what had happened to the school’s former students.
People in the Argentine city of Rosario have been holding a pray in memory of five residents who were killed in the New York truck attack on Tuesday.
The five victims were part of a group of 10 friends celebrating the 30th anniversary of their graduation from college with a trip to the US city.
An official from the college said, “They went to celebrate life and they met with death”.
one student told the Associated Press news agency that its a very hard blow.
Student president Agustín Riccardi said,”It hurts to think that these men walked the same corridors as us and studied in the same classrooms”.
The 1,300 students of the college gathered before class on Wednesday to hold a minute’s silence.
Former students Hernán Diego Mendoza, Diego Enrique Angelini, Alejandro Damián Pagnucco, Ariel Erlij and Hernán Ferrucci killed on Tuesday. When an Uzbek immigrant drove along a bike lane in Lower Manhattan mowing down cyclists and pedestrians.
Mr Benvenuto’s cousin, Norma Daneo, was one of the people who joined the pray outside the college in Rosario on Wednesday.
She told reporters, “I want to thank God for saving him,”
She said, “He was in the last row of cyclists. He saw his friends fall but he escaped injury”.
Ariel Benvenuto, one of the survivors, called his wife just after the attack happened.
He told her that he heard the car accelerating and that it missed him by 20cm (8 inches). His wife said, “He told me: ‘I will never forget the image of my friends thrown to the ground”.
Another former student of the polytechnic injured in the attack. Martín Marro, who lives in Boston, is recovering in hospital.
The group of 10 had planned the trip to New York to mark the anniversary of their graduation in 1987.
They hired bikes to tour Lower Manhattan and were riding two abreast when a car sped along the cycle path.
Argentine city mourns New York truck attack victims
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