Argentina president to place memorial flowers in NYC bike path

NEW YORK – The president of Argentina on Monday visited the site of last week in New York City terrorist attack in which eight people died, including five Argentines, and said that such tragedies can unite people of good will throughout the world.

“We regret that we have to meet under these circumstances but I am happy that this gives us the chance to strengthen the love and the work that we do at all,” President Mauricio Macri, in Spanish, told the Argentine officials who participated in an event to remember the victims of the attack on a bike path in Manhattan.

New York city mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, was by his side and proved him by placing white flowers on the path where an Uzbek citizen is sent with a rented truck and sped down the path in the direction of the World Trade Center, striking cyclists and pedestrians. He was shot by a police officer after crashing the truck into a school bus.

Sayfullo Saipov, 29, survived and was accused Wednesday against the terrorism.

Macri and his wife Juliana Awada, also placed white flowers on the site and embraced Guillermo Banchini, an Argentine who survived the attack, and Mariana Dagatti, the wife of the Argentine attack survivor Martin Marron.

Banchini and Marro belonged to a group of 10 friends of the Latin-American country who came to the city last week to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their high school graduation. Their story of the old friendship in the ban of many people, with the global media to publish a photo of most of them at the airport in Rosario, Argentina, looking dizzy shortly before boarding their flight to the U.S.

Macri highlighted the importance of nations to coordinate their fight against terrorism.

“We have to understand that this is a permanent aggression that we experience in the 21st century cannot be confronted with tools from the 20th century,” he said.

De Blasio said New York City will always welcome visitors from all over the world and not to forget the victims of the attack.

“Mr. President, we will forever remember as the New Yorkers,” he told Macri.

The bodies of the five Argentinians killed arrived Monday in Rosario, about 185 miles (300 kilometers) northwest of Buenos Aires.

The hearses carrying the coffins of Hernan Ferrucchi, Alejandro Pagnucco, Hernan Mendoza, Ariel Erlij and Diego Angelini were accompanied by police cars to the local funeral homes.

For three decades, she had kept in the neighbourhood by means of marriages, travels and employment. Some had played football and volleyball together as children and adults, they often would come up for the traditional Argentine barbecue known as asados.

“They were known people in our city that were connected by a strong attachment bond, which is highly valued by our community”, says Gustavo Zignago, Rosario official.

“The idea is to be with them until the end and give them the best farewell.”


Associated Press writers Hernan Alvarez and Paul Byrne in Rosario, Argentina, and Almudena Calatrava in Buenos Aires contributed to this report.

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