Father of NYC Terror Attack Victim Speaks Out, Calls for Stronger Vetting

Darren Drake was a resident of New Milford, New Jersey. His office phone went to voice mail.

Jimmy recalled hearing of the terrorist attack and heading to NY after not hearing from their son by 7 p.m. "But then as the day went on, 5 o'clock came along, no Darren". But the didn't start worrying until several hours later when Darren hadn't shown up at home and they couldn't reach him by phone.

Jimmy Drake stepped outside his home on Wednesday, sharing stories of his only child with reporters. Barbara claimed that her son was listening to an audiobook of 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus as he traveled down the bike path Tuesday.

Darren Drake was 32 when he died Tuesday.

Five of the victims were old friends from Argentina, visiting the United States together to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their high school graduation. She was visiting NY from Belgium, with her mother and two sisters, and was biking with them when she was struck.

Seven other people were killed in the attack.

The incident occurred just blocks from the World Trade Center memorial in New York City.

Drake graduated from Rutgers University ten years ago, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Drake is a 2007 graduate of Rutgers University, with a bachelor's degree in political science.

"He was just a wonderful person", she said.

"This feels like 9/11 for us", Jimmy said. "I know it's not going to happen".

Darren Drake's most recent Facebook posted on October 27, 2017. "He had bruises on his face from where he hit the pavement", Barbra said. Poveromo told The Post that Darren would teasingly tell her that his trivia team was named "I want gluten", a reference to Poveromo's gluten-free health food business. Drake was bicycling on the popular path between the West Side Highway and the Hudson River.

"He was supposed to be there tonight", Poveromo said.

"Our prayers are with the family & friends of New Milford grad and fmr. football player Darren Drake, who was killed in NYC attack yesterday". Find NJ.com on Facebook.

Jimmy reminisced about the family eating dinner every night and how they would frequently discuss politics.

Drake's father, Jimmy Drake, tearfully described Darren as "the flawless son" in an interview with NJ.com. "Life was flawless for him".

Darren Drake had once been quite heavy, his father told the reporter.

Darren had undergone bariatric surgery and lost 93 pounds, added his dad, Jimmy.

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

"If there was one guy the terrorists shouldn't have killed, it was my son. I'm not angry at all", the elder Drake said.

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