Ann-Laure Decadt, a wife and mother from Roeselare in West Flanders, Belgium, was visiting New York City with her mother and two sisters this week.
According to the New York Daily News, she has been identified as one of the victims of the most recent terror attack in New York City.
According to NBC News, the suspect, Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, drove a rented Home Depot truck through a group of bikers. Eight people, including 31-year-old Ann-Laure, were killed, and 11 others were injured.
Ann-Laure’s mother and sisters were not harmed.
New York City authorities revealed that notes to ISIS were found inside the Home Depot truck Saipov was driving.
Ann-Laure’s husband, Alexander Naessens, told a Belgian newspaper that he was contacted by Presbyterian Hospital Lower Manhattan hours after the attack:
“I was contacted last night by Presbyterian Hospital Lower Manhattan. They told that there was an attack and that my wife was deceased. She sat on the bike and was apparently surprised by the danger that came from behind. She was on a city trip with her two sisters and her mother. They were [with] my wife at the time of the attack, but are happily unharmed.”
Alexander said of his wife:
“Ann-Laure was a wonderful wife and the most beautiful mom of our 2-month and 3-year-old sons. This loss is unbearable and cannot be overcome.”
Alexander is currently trying to get his wife’s body transferred back to Belgium.
As the Daily Mail reports, five of the other victims involved in the attack were also tourists. Ariel Erlij, Hernán Diego Mendoza, Diego Enrique Angelini, Alejandro Damián Pagnucco, and Hernán Ferruchi were all from Argentina, reportedly visiting the city as part of a class reunion.
The 29-year-old suspect came to the U.S. in 2010 through a Diversity Visa lottery program. Saipov was questioned by police while being treated at a local hospital, and authorities said he “showed no remorse and even boasted about the attack.”