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Nicholas Cleves

November 2, 2017
A friend holds a photo of Nicholas Cleves during an interfaith vigil for peace Wednesday at Foley Square. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

The only New Yorker killed in the attack, Nicholas Cleves, 23, graduated last year from Skidmore College with a degree in computer science and died not far from his home in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. He was a software engineer and web developer.

Cleves described himself on his Facebook page as a “nerdy white boy.” The most recent photo posted there showed him posing with some friends next to a Darth Vader figure at a Star Wars exhibit.

He had been working as a software engineer for the Unified Digital Group.

Cleves attended the Little Red School House and Elisabeth Irwin High School, a progressive school in New York, from kindergarten through 12th grade, and later was a part-time member of its information technology staff.

The school’s director, Phil Kassen, wrote on Facebook that Cleves was “just the nicest person to have around.”

“Nicholas was kind, caring, curious, interested, and a great friend,” Klassen wrote. “He always had a kind word when you would pass him in the hall, and the biggest smile, and always offered to help, no matter the situation.”

Cleves’ Italian-born mother, Monica Missio, is the owner of a lighting design company in New York. Klassen said she was an engaged parent who helped lead many of the school’s art auctions.

Cleves’ father, British-born Richard Cleves, died in 2013. He was Missio’s business partner, and was remembered by Klassen for creating “the most wondrous and scariest haunted houses” for the school’s Halloween Fair.

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