A Newton man was among those injured in Tuesday’s New York City truck attack that killed at least eight in what authorities are calling an act of terror.
Chestnut Hill resident Martin Marro was in New York for a reunion of college friends, said Newton City Councilor James Cote late Tuesday night.
Cote said Marro, who originally hails from Argentina, sustained non-life threatening injuries and that five of Marro’s friends from Argentina were killed when a truck mowed down pedestrians and cyclists on a bike path in Manhattan.
Marro works as a scientist at The Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research in Cambridge, said Cote. Marro’s wife, Mariana Dagatti, is an architect. She drove down to New York from Newton Tuesday night to be with her husband, he said.
His family knows Marro and Dagatti. Cote’s wife, Albie, is Argentinian, and Marro and Dagatti recently hosted a fund-raiser for his re-election campaign at their home. Governor Charlie Baker attended.
The couple has two elementary school-age children, said Cote. He estimated the family has lived in Newton for about eight years.
“They’re a nice family, very quiet,” said Cote. “I’m sure they’re devastated.”
Argentina’s foreign ministry confirmed Tuesday that five of those killed in the attack hailed from that country. Belgian officials said one of the dead was from there.
Law enforcement officials identified the suspect in the attack as Sayfullo Saipov, 29, of Uzbekistan. He was shot in the abdomen by police after he jumped out of the rented pickup truck near the World Trade Center memorial holding fake guns. Saipov was expected to survive.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called the incident “a particularly cowardly act of terror aimed at innocent civilians.”
Cote called the attack “extremely disturbing,” and offered condolences to the family.
“It’s something you would never expect,” he said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to them.”