A day after New York City suffered what officials are calling its deadliest terror attack since 9/11, the names of those who were killed in the carnage are emerging. One of the victims was identified as 31-year-old Ann-Laure Decadt from Staden, Belgium. Decadt is survived by 3-year-old and 3-month-old boys and her husband, Alexander Naessens.
According to Naessens, Decadt was riding a bicycle and struck from behind when, according to authorities, Sayfullo Saipov, plowed a rented truck down a busy bike path in lower Manhattan on Tuesday, taking out bike riders and pedestrians alike. At least eight were killed and 11 hospitalized with injuries. Decadt was on a trip to New York City with her mom and two sisters.
“This loss is unbearable and cannot be overcome,” Naessens reportedly said. “She was a wonderful wife and the most beautiful mom of our 3-month- and 3-year-old sons.” A spokesperson for the family, Staden Mayor Francesco Vanderjeugd, told The New York Post that the terror attack and Decadt’s death was “an attack not only in New York but also an attack on our community — on our way of life.” He remembered Decadt as someone who was a wonderful mother and devoted to her community. He also alluded to the hole that will now be left in her children’s lives. “The older one is 3 years old,” he said. “He’s at an age where he is old enough to understand emotions. He feels something is wrong.” Also killed in the attack were five friends from Argentina who were in New York celebrating the 30th anniversary of their high school graduation, a 23-year-old software engineer from New York, and a 32-year-old man from New Jersey.
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