The family of a Boston-area man seriously injured in the New York City bike path attack says he's expected to make a full recovery.
Martin Marro's family said in a statement Friday he's been receiving "terrific care" at the hospital since the Tuesday attack that killed eight people. The dead include five of Marro's high school classmates who had come to the U.S. from Argentina to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their graduation.
The family didn't disclose the extent of Marro's injuries or when he might be released, but they say they are "extremely thankful" for the outpouring of concern from friends, colleagues and the community.
Co-workers at Novartis, the Swiss pharmaceutical company where Marro works as a biomedical researcher, have launched a crowdfunding campaign to help with the Newton family's expenses. More than $20,000 had already been raised as of Friday afternoon.
Marro and his wife have two school-aged children.
Just last week, Marro hosted a fundraiser for Newton City Councilor James Cote that was attended by Gov. Charlie Baker. Photos of Marro and his wife posing with Baker were posted on Facebook.
Tom Mountain, a friend of Marro's, described him as "one of the nicest guys you'd ever want to meet."
The man responsible for Tuesday's attack, 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov, faces federal terrorism charges that could carry the death penalty.
Authorities accuse the Uzbek native of being inspired by the Islamic State group and plotting his attack over two months, choosing Halloween to carry it out because he assumed there would be more people on the streets.