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Several 2020 presidential candidates expressed condolences Sunday following a series of horrific attacks on churches, hotels, and other tourist sites in Sri Lanka.
“The Apostle Paul wrote, ‘Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep,'” Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) tweeted early Sunday morning. “On a day meant for celebration, so many families in Sri Lanka are devastated, and my heart breaks along with theirs. There’s absolutely no justification for this.”
The attacks, which took place just before 9 a.m. local time, left more than 200 people dead and at least 450 others injured. Worshippers attending Easter services at churches in Colombo, Negombo, and Batticaloa were among the victims. According to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, “several U.S. citizens” were included in the list of fatalities.
The attacks targeted the region’s minority Christian population, as well as guests staying in several luxury hotels.
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) sent prayers to the victims and their families Sunday morning. “Easter is a reminder that there is hope and rebirth even in the darkest of times. We must remember that today, more than ever,” she tweeted. “I am horrified by the attacks in Sri Lanka, where so many families were celebrating such a joyous day. Praying for the victims and their loved ones.”
Easter is a reminder that there is hope and rebirth even in the darkest of times. We must remember that today, more than ever.
I am horrified by the attacks in Sri Lanka, where so many families were celebrating such a joyous day. Praying for the victims and their loved ones.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) April 21, 2019
My heart is with Sri Lanka on this #EasterSunday, w/hundreds killed & wounded in a horrific attack as they gathered in prayer. On a day devoted to love & peace, may we remember Jesus Christ’s message of love – for God & for each other – as we commit to defeating hate with love.
— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) April 21, 2019
Our hearts go out to the victims and families of the horrific attacks in Sri Lanka. No person should have to fear for their life in their place of worship. We must work to bring this world together around our common humanity.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) April 21, 2019
On a day of redemption and hope, the evil of these attacks on Easter worshippers and tourists in Sri Lanka is deeply saddening. My prayers today are with the dead and injured, and their families. May we find grace.
— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) April 21, 2019
President Trump tweets (then deletes) claim that 138 million people were killed in today's Sri Lanka explosions. Our latest reporting states that the blasts killed more than 150 people, with hundreds injured. https://t.co/1zf3ns3qKG pic.twitter.com/6IL9Wq0zDn
— Jennifer Hassan (@GuinnessKebab) April 21, 2019
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