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Mayor De Blasio Forgets To Read Names Of Terror Victims At Memorial

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Amber Athey White House Correspondent

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio forgot to honor the victims of the bike path terror attack during a memorial event held Wednesday.

De Blasio named politicians, first responders and people who marched in the Halloween parade after the attack in his address, but grieving families did not hear him name their loved ones who died one year ago.

Eight people died in the terror attack last year after Sayfullo Saipov plowed a Home Depot rental truck through cyclists and runners on a bike path in New York City.

De Blasio’s only reference to the victims during his memorial speech was a brief mention of the “eight good lives lost,” according to a report by The New York Post.

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks about public housing during a press conference at City Hall, June 11, 2018 in New York City. On Monday, federal prosecutors released a report summarizing a two-year investigation into the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA). The report accuses NYCHA of putting children, elderly tenants and people with health issues in danger by failing to supply safe housing and failing to comply with lead paint regulations and other maintenance regulations. Mayor De Blasio signed a consent decree with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Manhattan, which will commit the city to spend more than $2 billion over a decade to settle the federal investigation and help fix the dire conditions in the city's public housing complexes. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 11: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks about public housing during a press conference at City Hall, June 11, 2018 in New York City. On Monday, federal prosecutors released a report summarizing a two-year investigation into the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA). (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

A mourner called out de Blasio’s error shortly after the speech ended, and the mayor rushed back on stage to name the victims. (RELATED: Bill De Blasio Hosts ‘Believe Survivors’ Event In NYC – But His Odd Selfie Steals The Show)

“I apologize. This should have been part of the gathering to read the names of the eight that we lost,” de Blasio reportedly said. “So I want to right that wrong with apologies and do that now and ask everyone to bow their heads as we remember each of them.”

De Blasio finally read the names of the victims: Diego Enrique Angelini, Nicholas Cleves, Ann-Laure Decadt, Darren Drake, Ariel Erlij, Hernan Ferruchi, Hernan Diego Mendoza and Alejandro Damian Pagrucco.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 03: Flowers are seen at the makeshift memorial for victims of Tuesday's terrorist attack along a bike path in lower Manhattan on November 3, 2017 in New York City. Eight people were killed and 12 were injured on October 31 when suspect 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov intentionally drove a truck onto a bike path in lower Manhattan. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 03: Flowers are seen at the makeshift memorial for victims of Tuesday’s terrorist attack along a bike path in lower Manhattan on November 3, 2017 in New York City. Eight people were killed and 12 were injured on October 31 when suspect 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov intentionally drove a truck onto a bike path in lower Manhattan. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)

Eric Phillips, a City Hall spokesman, said de Blasio didn’t read the names because they were not “on the program.”

“The program didn’t originally include a reading of the names. When the families raised the issue, he agreed and read the names,” Phillips said.

Mourners also say they were not told about the memorial event until the last minute.

Nicholas Cleves’ mother, Monica Missio, was allegedly not notified of the ceremony until Tuesday and could not attend because she was out of town.

“It is so traumatic for her to be in the city today that she is in the Boston area and wasn’t told about this memorial service until 4 p.m. yesterday,” Hugh Hales-Tooke, a friend of Missio, told The Post. “She’s very hurt. She was very hurt.”

Hales-Tooke felt so slighted by the treatment of Missio that he refused to shake de Blasio’s hand before the event.

“I didn’t hear a thing about the lives, the people. Nicholas Cleves was born and bred in New York. He loved this city. His mother’s destroyed by this,” Hales-Tooke said.

Phillips explained that the invites came late because the event was pulled together last-minute.

“While the event came together very recently, they should have been invited earlier,” Phillips said.

The terror attack last year produced a grisly scene, as Saipov shouted, “Allahu Akbar,” while driving his truck through victims and then got out of the truck brandishing two fake guns. Police shot Saipov but were able to take him into custody alive.

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: Emergency personal respond to reports of possible shooting in Lower Manhattan on October 31, 2017 in New York City. According to reports up to eight people may have been killed. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 31: Emergency personal respond to reports of possible shooting in Lower Manhattan on October 31, 2017 in New York City. According to reports up to eight people may have been killed. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)

“In NYC, looks like another attack by a very sick and deranged person. Law enforcement is following this closely. NOT IN THE U.S.A.!” Trump tweeted shortly after the attack.

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