New Milford man identified as one of the 8 NYC terror victims

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A Bergen County man has been identified as one of the eight people killed in a terror attack in New York City Tuesday.

The NYPD confirms that Darren Drake, 32, was among the people struck and killed by terror suspect Sayfullo Saipov when he deliberately drove a rented Home Depot truck onto a bike path near the World Trade Center site. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called it a terrorist attack.

Drake was a program manager at Moody’s Analytics in Manhattan. Friends tell News 12 New Jersey that he had moved out of Hoboken to live with his parents Jimmy and Barbara Drake on Hoffman Avenue in New Milford.

Friends say that Drake biked every day and was biking during his break from work when he was killed.

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Drake was a Rutgers University graduate who also had an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He was also in graduate school at Stevens Institute of Technology.

Drake also served on the New Milford Board of Education. Superintendent Michael Polizzi says that Drake was, "a board member in high esteem. Darren was a good man with a soft touch and huge heart. He is respected for his unwavering commitment to the children of New Milford and their education." 

Before he was identified Wednesday, family members posted pictures of Drake and his bike on social media, hoping someone had seen him.

Seven other people were killed in the attack. Those victims include a New York college student, a Belgian mother of two boys and five lifelong friends from Argentina who were in New York celebrating a reunion.

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