"The bomb went off and they ran towards me," he said. "I knew there would be another bomb, because there is always something with these things."
The 61-year-old US investment banker, after his death, was both stunned and tormented by what he could have done differently, from the impossible task of protecting his children from this murderous purpose.
"Maybe I should have stayed and covered her with my body," he said of the suicide bombers on Easter Sunday, where seven buildings were struck in three cities in Sri Lanka. Officials say more than 300 people have been killed and hundreds injured.
Moments before, the breakfast buffet was still alive, Amelie, 15, wanted to get his father's food. "My kids were so nice, they actually went to the buffet in front of me and got me the food and filled my plate," he said. "And I wanted to drink something more, I wanted to get it, my daughter said:" No, I'll get it.
Both were joyous expressions of how young people seek to help others, as described by their brother David, 21.
Daniel, 19, volunteered to help orphans in Ethiopia, and Amelie was a source of So much energy and love in her family, the US-British dual nationals went on vacation with their father in Sri Lanka, and their mother and two siblings stayed home.
In the London home of the family, the luggage is in the hallway The victim's 12-year-old brother, Ethan, scrolled through the family pictures on the computer, crying this morning, saying he wanted his siblings back, David holding Amelie's smartphone, a hole pierced by a ball bearing from the blast.
. After the second explosion in Shangri-La, Matt Linsey ran to her injured bodies.
They were both unconscious, "he said." My daughter seemed to be moving. My son was not there. A woman offered to take my daughter down to the ambulance. I needed help to move my son. "Believing that his daughter was safe in his hands and less injured, Linsey and his son traveled by ambulance to the hospital.
There, he unsuccessfully tried to revive his son." Me I tried to massage his heart, "said the father.
He tried to find his daughter, he explains, his voice is a hoarse whisper of exhaustion. "That was him worst part … because I called for help. That's why I lost my voice. "In the midst of the flooding hospital, Linsey found a lifeless Amelie under a medical record.
" The people were very helpful, "he said of the hospital staff." They are rudimentary facilities, they have done their best.
He remembers how a Sri Lankan doctor helped him get to the US Embassy, where the staff were "fantastic," including a Marine named Wolf, who took him home in eight hours, with little more what he could do to help his children in the midst of the ongoing threat.
When asked if he was furious with the senseless murder of his two young children, he said a song that his daughter loved fell
"My daughter and I, one of our favorite songs, is a song titled," Love is the answer, "said Matt Linsey. "When my dad passed away, my daughter and I became our song, she was just 6 years old, they want the government to do what they need to do to stop these people, I totally agree, but also [to] the people on the other side: love is ultimately the answer and helps people. "