Nicholas Cleves, 23, and Darren Drake, 32, who both worked in New York, were recalled as thriving young men and praised for their kindness
The two young Americans who died alongside six tourists in the terrorist attack in New York on Tuesday have been praised as smart, promising young men who were clearly thriving and in the prime of their lives.
The native New Yorker Nicholas Cleves was just 23 and a talented software engineer who was remembered as a sweetheart by a local shopkeeper. Darren Drake was 32, a project manager for the credit ratings agency Moodys who commuted into the city daily from New Jersey and was described by his father as most innocent.
The two men were killed when a man drove a rented truck at high speed for almost a mile down the scenic cycle path that runs along the west side of Manhattan. The attack was claimed by the Islamic State late on Thursday.
A dozen people were injured as the truck mowed down cyclists and pedestrians in a four-minute rampage. The worst injury befell a woman who has had to have both legs amputated, a New York police detective told the Guardian, asking that his name not be used as he was not authorized to discuss details of the incident publicly. They were crushed beyond repair. The injuries are awful, the detective said.
Darren Drake was cycling on the path on a rented bicycle, close to his office in lower Manhattan, when Saipov struck. His father now plans to give his sons bicycle, and his own, to charity.
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