It's a nightmare that's hard to fathom.
Former New York investment banker Matthew Linsey, 61, expressed mourning over the painful seconds he had to hit through breakfast on Sunday after a suicide bomber buffet at Shangri-La Hotel in Sri Lanka's capital Colombo.
"My son looked worse than my daughter, I tried to revive him," Linsey, who survived the face-off attack, told the Times of London. "The people screamed. I was with my children. I could not say if everything was alright, it was dark. I was worried that there would be another explosion. "
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His children Amelie (15) and Daniel (19) citizens of the USA and the UK – both were at the blast Shrapnel badly wounded. In the midst of the chaos, Linsey remembered leaving his daughter in the rubble and believed that she had better chances of survival than another survivor promised to take her to the hospital.
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He carried his son's lifeless body down to a waiting ambulance, but later he learned that Amelie did not make it.
"Amelie was really fun. She was smart and beautiful. Very loving, very caring, understanding. She took care of her family and her friends. And the same goes for Danny, "said former vice president of Chase Bank. "They loved traveling abroad. That's a very important part of who they were. "
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. Linsey was able to travel back to the UK with the help of the US Embassy and now it's time to pick up the pieces of life with his wife and two other sons as he tries to repatriate the bodies of his son and daughter.
Amelie and Daniel were two out of four US citizens killed in a coordinated Easter terrorist attack that claimed the lives of more than 300 people and severely wounded around 500 churchgoers and hotel guests from around the world.