On Sunday afternoon, at the house where the police said the Sidgiyayevas lived, a group of men wearing yarmulkes sat together at a picnic table on the front lawn, while others told reporters there would be no interviews.
Yana Abramova, 31, a neighbor who knew older members of the family, said the Sidgiyayevas are “Mountain Jews” from Azerbaijan who came to the United States about three years ago.
“Our roots are from Iran, from Africa,” Ms. Abramova said.
She said she had recently reconnected with the family during the pandemic. Ms. Abramova said Margarita had just graduated from high school and was planning to go to Long Island University to become a pharmacist. Daniel was in grade school, Ms. Abramova said.
“The boy was so loving, so kind,” she said. “He loved his mother.”
The children’s mother, Sayana, is one of three sisters and worked in a nail salon before the pandemic, Ms. Abramova said. The children’s father made deliveries of medical supplies, she said.
“Their parents were so in love with them,” Ms. Abramova said.
The crash, which was first reported by WPIX, happened near Raptor Point, a fishing area on the far northeast side of the field, said Daphne Yun, a spokeswoman for the Gateway National Recreation Area, which includes Floyd Bennett Field. Cars are allowed to drive on the runway during daylight hours, but the speed limit is 25 m.p.h.
As of Sunday afternoon, no arrests had been made, and investigators were still combing through the scene of the collision.
The deserted runways of the decommissioned airfield, which is in Marine Park, Brooklyn, near Jamaica Bay and is part of the National Park System, have attracted drag races in the past. But it was not immediately known if the two cars had been drag racing on Saturday evening.