One of the victims killed in the terrorist attack in New York City has ties to Massachusetts.
Nicholas Cleves, a 23-year-old Manhattan man, was not far from his home when he was killed. But he has relatives in the Bay State communities of Belmont and Lexington.
"Such a young man," said Brenda Dzierzeski, a neighbor of Cleves' grandmother in Belmont. "Terrible, terrible, I can't believe it. He's just a lovely person."
Cleves went to high school in New York, graduated from Skidmore College and was a software engineer. He was one of the eight people killed in Tuesday's violence.
"As you can well appreciate, the family is bereft at this time and grieving," said Jim Burnham, a family spokesperson in New York City. "Nicholas Cleves was a fine young man, starting out a successful career, stricken down way earlier than he should have been."
Cleves was the youngest victim of the rampage.