Whole households attending Easter Mass, a mom and daughter having fun with breakfast on the Christian holy day, a newlywed man on honeymoon – these are the victims of the devastating bomb blasts that rocked church buildings and resorts in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday.
Scores of youngsters, lots of them from the identical household, are among the many 359 individuals killed when the coordinated assaults hit a church and three resorts in Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo, and the cities of Negombo, simply north of the capital, and Batticaloa on the east coast.
The overwhelming majority of victims had been worshippers from Sri Lanka’s Christian minority.
Dozens of international vacationers, many visiting the nation for the vacation interval, had been additionally killed
Here’s what we find out about a few of these killed within the blasts, listed by nationality:
St Sebastian’s Church, Negombo
Rangana Fernando, his spouse Danadiri Kuruppuachchi and all of their kids had been killed within the assault in Negombo. The couple’s daughters, Biola and Leona, had been aged six and 4, respectively, whereas their son, Seth, was simply 11 months outdated.
Anusha Kumari, 43, misplaced her husband, Dulip Appuhami, her two kids, Dulakghi and Vimukthi, in addition to her sister-in-law and two nieces within the bombing at St Sebastian’s Church in Negombo.
“You will not consider it, however I had the right household,” Kumari, whose face was struck by shrapnel from the blast, advised The Related Press information company. “In 24 years of marriage, my husband and I by no means argued. All 4 of us slept in the identical room. Now, I’ve misplaced every part.”
|Anusha Kumari holds portraits of her daughter Sajini Venura Dulakshi and son Vimukthi Tharidu Appuhami [Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP]|
Agnes Vnikprodha, 69, and her eight-month-old grandson, Matthew, had been each killed.
Sneha Savindi, 12, additionally died within the Negombo church bombing. Her uncle, Duminda, mentioned her badly wounded physique was solely identifiable by a birthmark on her foot. Stroking the sealed coffin, Savindi’s aunt, Lalitha, mentioned, “I needed to see you as a bride, however now, you are on this field.”
Negombo resident Herman Peiris misplaced two sisters and two nieces – one in every of whom was about to get married. He mentioned his sisters, Celine and Elizabeth, spent most of their time as concerned members at St Sebastian, however now individuals locally are afraid to go there.
He referred to as for extra safety and for leaders to take each the blame and motion. “We villagers, or civil individuals, we will not do a lot,” Peiris mentioned.
Enosh Silva, 12, was killed in St Sebastian, as was Dhulodh Anthony, 7, who was buried on the Methodist cemetery in Negombo. Calistas Fernando and two of his members of the family additionally died.
Sri Lankan-born Manik Suriaaratchi and her 10-year-old daughter Alexandria, who was born in Melbourne, had been killed within the assault on St Sebastian’s Church, the place they had been reportedly common attendees. Manik’s husband, Sudesh Kolonne, was exterior when the blast occurred and survived. Manik was a senior government at advertising firm Omega World. The household had returned to Sri Lanka a number of years in the past from Australia to care for Manik’s mom.
|Nilanga Anthony, centre, mourns the loss of life of his seven-year-old nephew Dhulodh Anthony [Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP]|
Jiyasha Sheshani Janz, 12, and her mom Dineesha Geetani de Vaas had been additionally killed, in response to the New York Instances.
Carpenter Dileep Roshan, 37, left behind a spouse and daughter, his household mentioned. “His spouse and daughter will not be capable of do a lot now as a result of he’s gone,” mentioned his older brother, Sanjeevani Roshan. “The actual query is: What is going to occur to their future?”
Tyonne Gulding, 56, was killed alongside along with his spouse, Gayani Fernando, and mother-in-law Mary Anaslyn. The rickshaw driver and his household had been standing near the particular person believed to have detonated the bomb, a neighbour, who was with them and survived, advised the BBC.
Lahiru Prasanga, a 34-year-old carpenter, and his spouse, Diliini Sajeewani, 34, had been newlywed. They had been constructing their very own home and planning for a household, the Sunday Chief reported. They had been killed within the Easter Sunday blast in Negombo. Lahiru’s mom rushed to the church after the bombing and found the couple had already been taken to hospital. “I discovered Diliini within the morgue,” she advised the paper. “I recognized her from her clothes and her bracelet.”
St Anthony’s Shrine, Colombo
Berlington Joseph Gomez, 33, and his spouse, Chandrika Arumugam, 31, went to church at Colombo’s St Anthony’s Shrine. As all the time, they introduced their three sons: 9-year-old Bevon, 6-year-old Clavon and child Avon, simply 11 months outdated.
Berlington’s father Joseph Gomez advised the AP: “All household, all technology, is misplaced.”
|Joseph Gomez misplaced his son, daughter-in-law and their three kids [Eranga Jayawardena/AP]|
Subramani Christopher attended mass along with his spouse and toddler son. The 28-year-old driver had been married solely 11 months. He was killed, the BBC reported, however his spouse and baby survived.
Ravindran Fernando, 61, was a restaurant worker who labored close to St Anthony’s. He was killed whereas attending Easter Mass, in response to the New York Instances.
Mary Otricia Johnson, 47, was a mom of three from Colombo.
Okay Pirathap, 38, was killed alongside along with his spouse Anashdi, 35, and their two daughters, Antinaa, 7, and Abriyaana, 1. Pirathap, a rickshaw driver had bought a brand new automobile, the New York Instances reported, and the household was in a “celebratory temper” at mass on Sunday.
Sarojini Velusamy, 49, went to St Anthony’s Church for Easter Mass and has not been seen since. Sarojini was married at 16, however her husband walked out on her after solely 4 years of marriage and he or she introduced up her two sons largely alone. Within the aftermath of the bombing, her household advised Al Jazeera they’ve gone to the hospitals and the mortuaries again and again, however they nonetheless have not discovered her. Every week on, they’re dropping hope.
|Sarojini Velusamy, 49, went to have fun mass at St Anthony’s on Easter Sunday and by no means returned. Her household are nonetheless on the lookout for her [Kate Mayberry/ Al Jazeera]|
A fisherman, Savarimuttu Amalasooriyan, 38, was the youngest in his household and lived along with his mom in Mullaitivu on Sri Lanka’s northeast coast. He got here right down to the capital on the Friday earlier than Easter to go to his sister. He was killed on the bombing on St Anthony’s. His 52-year-old sister, Jesudasan Pushparani, recognized his physique and on Sunday, every week after his loss of life, lit a candle in remembrance.
Protestant Zion Church, Batticaloa
Pastor Ganesh Thirukumaran misplaced his teenage son Thirukumaran Shalom Malshya in the course of the bombing on the Protestant Zion church in Batticaloa. The pastor advised Al Jazeera it was he who had welcomed the suspected attacker into the church.
Sharon Santhakumar, 12, and his youthful sister, Sarah, had been buried subsequent to one another the day after they had been killed, the BBC reported.
The household of Ramesh Raju advised the BBC the 40-year-old constructing contractor’s actions helped save lives. The daddy of two stopped a person with a backpack from coming into the church, serving to to stop extra casualties.
Sri Lankan celeb chef Shantha Mayadunne was pictured having breakfast within the Shangri-La lodge simply minutes earlier than a bomb tore aside the lodge’s restaurant. Her daughter Nisanga posted the image on Fb shortly earlier than the blast on Sunday with the caption “Easter breakfast with the household”.
A member of the family posted a tribute on Fb saying Shantha and her daughter had been each killed.
“No phrases can describe the ache. They had been probably the most loving household anybody may ask for and I’ll all the time be pleased about having them in my life,” wrote Manik Mayadunne.
Cinnamon Grand, Colombo
4 Sri Lankan workers members on the Cinnamon Grand lodge died within the assaults. They had been MHM Ibrahim, 23, MNM Nisthar, 21, BADN Shanta, 50, GMD Sanjeewani, 35.
The fourth Cinnamon Grand worker, Arshad Yaheya, was having fun with a complimentary keep on the lodge to have fun his 36th birthday when a bomb ripped via the restaurant the place he and his household had been having breakfast. Arshad was killed whereas his spouse and two daughters had been wounded, his relative Tuan Yoonus advised Al Jazeera.
Zayan Chowdhury, the eight-year-old grandson of the chief of Bangladesh’s ruling Awami League, Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, was killed. His physique was flown to Dhaka and buried there.
|Bangladeshis provide funeral prayer for Awami League chief’s grandosn in Dhaka [AFP]|
Anita Nicholson, 42, a Singapore-based lawyer for mining firm Anglo-American, died alongside her 14-year-old son Alex and 11-year-old daughter Annabel within the Shangri-La lodge blast.
Her husband Ben Nicholson was the one member of the family to outlive the assault.
“Mercifully, all three of them died immediately and with no ache or struggling,” he mentioned in a press release launched by the UK Overseas Workplace. “I’m deeply distressed on the lack of my spouse and kids. Anita was an exquisite, good spouse and an excellent, loving and inspirational mom to our two great kids.”
London youngsters Daniel Linsey, 19, and his youthful sister Amelie, 15, had been additionally killed on the Shangri-La lodge on the ultimate day of their vacation, in response to media experiences quoting relations. Their father Matthew Linsey survived and described to The Instances desperately attempting to revive his unconscious son within the aftermath of the assault.
“You possibly can’t describe how unhealthy it was,” he advised the newspaper. “Individuals had been screaming. I used to be with my kids. I could not inform whether or not they had been all proper, it was darkish.”
Retired Manchester firefighter Billy Harrop and his spouse Sally Bradley, a scientific providers director, each died within the Cinnamon Grand Lodge bombing. The couple had lived in Australia since 2013 however had been attributable to return to Britain.
British IT director Lorraine Campbell, 55, additionally died within the Cinnamon Grand Lodge bombing quickly after arriving in Sri Lanka on a enterprise journey.
“I’ve misplaced my finest pal on the earth, for all of the adventures we shared and deliberate for the longer term,” husband Neil Evans mentioned in a household assertion.
Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen misplaced three of his 4 kids within the Easter day assaults. Povlsen, his spouse Anne and their 4 kids had been in Sri Lanka on trip on the time of the assaults.
Eleven-year-old Kieran Shafritz de Zoysa was killed on the breakfast buffet of a lodge within the Sri Lankan capital whereas on vacation along with his mom, who suffered minor accidents within the blast. “We must always know what the world misplaced, what they took from the world,” his father Alex Arrow advised ABC Information. “A superb thoughts who … will not make it to his 12th birthday.”
Dieter Kowalski, who lived in Denver and labored for worldwide training firm Pearson, died within the blasts shortly after he arrived at his lodge for a enterprise journey, the corporate and his household advised the AP.
Ahmed Zain Jaafari and Hani Maged Othman, crew members at Saudi Arabian airways, had been killed within the Sri Lanka bombings.
“Every have an extended tenure supporting the airline,” Saudia mentioned in a press release. “All of us mourn for Ahmed and Hani, who’re our brothers for eternity, and our hearts are crammed with ache for the indescribable loss that their households are going through.”
Rui Lucas, 31, was killed on the Kingsbury Lodge whereas on honeymoon along with his spouse, who escaped the blast unhurt. The newbie footballer and electrical engineer’s household was “in shock”, his brother Hugo Lucas advised Cofina Media. His spouse returned to Portugal on Monday, Cofina reported.
Lahiru Prasanga, a 34-year-old carpenter, and his spouse, Diliini Sajeewani, 34, had been newlywed and had been constructing their very own home, the Sunday Chief reported. They had been killed within the Easter Sunday blast in Negombo. Lahiru’s mom rushed to the church after the bombing and found the couple had already been taken to hospital. “I discovered Diliini within the morgue,” she advised the paper. “I recognized her from her clothes and her bracelet.”