Sri Lanka Massacre: Two Jewish teenage siblings from London among the 359 people murdered
Two Jewish siblings, Amelie and Daniel Linsey, were among those murdered in the horrific Easter Sunday massacre in Sri Lanka, in which Muslim terrorists slaughtered at least 359 Christians, hotel guests, and foreign tourists.
The British Parliament paid respects on Wednesday to the two siblings.
Daniel, 19, and his 15-year-old sister Amelie were murdered on the final day of their holiday.
Their older brother David told Sky News that Daniel “lived entirely for others” through his passion for volunteering.
David described Amelie as “the glue that held the family together”.
He added: “We all still have an inseparable bond with her. It will be very hard to continue without her.”
Daniel and Amelie were having breakfast with their father Matthew in the Shangri-La Hotel, one of six locations targeted by the Muslim terrorists.
When the first explosion happened, the trio ran from the restaurant, but David said that his siblings were killed in a second explosion.
He added: “I think they were killed instantly… my sister looked unharmed and was taken to hospital. My father stayed with my brother… by the time they got to the hospital, he had passed away.”
Their father then had to search the hospital for his daughter before discovering she, too, had died.
David said his mother Angelina “has not stopped crying” since the terror attack.
His family is determined to set up something to help people in Sri Lanka in the future because “the only thing worse than losing them would be losing them for nothing”.
David has stayed at home to study for exams, and his youngest brother Ethan, 12, had not wanted to go on the trip.
Mr Linsey, 61, an investor in emerging markets, said his children were born in Britain but had dual US-UK citizenship because he was born in the US.
Wearing backpacks and baseball hats, the two ISIS terrorists appear to discuss their plans in the elevator on the second floor in the final moments before the Easter Sunday massacre.
The bombers then enter Table One restaurant almost unnoticed while hotel guests are having breakfast before they blow themselves up.
The suicide bombers are thought to have used “Mother of Satan” TATP, chemically known as triacetone triperoxide, an explosive made from commonly available household ingredients including nail polish remover – acetone – and hydrogen peroxide.