Mass Held For Victims Of Lower Manhattan Terror Attack

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The eight people killed of the terror attack in Lower Manhattan last week were remembered Sunday at a special mass held by Cardinal Timothy Dolan.

As CBS2’s Reena Roy reported, Dolan paid tribute to those who were killed and the dozen who were hurt. He also prayed for the safety and protection of the city.

Somber song and prayer filled St. Patrick’s Cathedral during the mass Sunday morning.

“I said we’ve got to dedicate our Sunday mass to these victims; to the ones who are still recovering; to the families who stand with them; who miss them — in a city that can be tempted to give up hope,” Dolan said. “We New Yorkers won’t let that happen.”

“Our community and our state needs to come together in prayer,” said parishioner Wendy LaFleur.

And hundreds did just that for victims’ loved ones and the safety of the city after police said Sayfullo Saipov, 29, intentionally slammed his rental pickup truck into people on the West Side bike path.

“Bless them,” said parishioner Larry Giannone. “You know it’s a shame that happened, and I hope our city and our country are safe. So we’re going to go to mass and pray.

Meanwhile, loved ones of the victims continue to mourn.

It was a packed house on Saturday, with a line out the door in New Milford, New Jersey as family and friends came together to honor the life of 32-year-old Darren Drake.

“If it was a cloudy day, it would become sunny when Darren showed up,” his father, Jimmy, told reporters outside the wake. Others remembered Darren as a caring, loving man who worked for Moody’s Analytics and was a former president of the New Milford school board.

“He was always positive, a positive person,” family friend John Bigger said. “A shameful thing that happened by a coward.”

Meanwhile, loved ones of the victims continue to mourn.

It was a packed house on Saturday, with a line out the door in New Milford, New Jersey as family and friends came together to honor the life of 32-year-old Darren Drake.

“If it was a cloudy day, it would become sunny when Darren showed up,” his father, Jimmy, told reporters outside the wake. Others remembered Darren as a caring, loving man who worked for Moody’s Analytics and was a former president of the New Milford school board.

“He was always positive, a positive person,” family friend John Bigger said. “A shameful thing that happened by a coward.”

Seven other people were mowed down Tuesday on Manhattan’s West Side. Authorities Saipov deliberately hit people on the bike path with the Home Depot truck he used, including 31-year-old Belgian mother of two Anne-Laure Decadt.

Nicholas Cleves, 23, of Greenwich Village was also killed, along with five friends in town from Argentina for a high school reunion trip. Their friends spoke out about the terror Friday night.

The Argentinian Consul General says one of their friends is still in the hospital but doing much better. The victims and their families will be heading back home this afternoon.

The 12 who were injured were still recovering both physically and emotionally Sunday – including a friend of the Argentinian men who is still hospitalized but improving.

“It’s a dream that has transformed into the worst nightmare,” he said.

Veterans were also honored at St. Patrick’s Cathedral Sunday. A traditional mass was held for those who have served our country and their families.

Members of the U.S. Air Force read from the cathedral pulpit after marching in.

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