Tom MurphyNov 1, 2017, 6:11 pmNov 2, 2017, 1:12 pm

New Milford man among victims of NYC terror attack

Darren Drake, 32, was killed by Sayfullo Saipov while riding his bicycle in Manhattan


NEW MILFORD (AP) — Darren Drake, a 32-year-old project manager for Moody's Investors Service at the World Trade Center, had recently lost a lot of weight — 93 pounds — after undergoing lap band surgery. He was out for a bike ride between meetings when the truck hit and killed him.

"While other people would take cigarette or coffee breaks, he would go out and ride the bike for 15 to 20 minutes," his father, Jimmy Drake, told

Drake, a voracious reader who enjoyed listening to audio books, used to serve on the school board in New Milford, in northern New Jersey, where he was a native and lived with his parents. He had a master's degree in business administration and was working toward a second master's degree, at Stevens Institute of Technology.

Stevens' president, Nariman Farvardin, said in a message to the university community that Drake's death was "a heartbreaking loss for the Stevens community."

Jimmy Drake told he and his son were close. They went hunting and fishing together, and Jimmy drove Darren every day to the terminal in suburban Hoboken so he could catch a train to his job in the city.

He sobbed as he recounted seeing his son's body at the morgue.

"Just picture that face. He really looked like he was having a nice dream," he said.

He called the Uzbek immigrant suspected in the attack a "psycho" but said he's "not angry at all."

"I'm hurt," he said. "I'm absolutely hurt."

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