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What they left behind: Sri Lanka's Easter Sunday bombing victims
In Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo, a lane that used to be alive with the sound of children playing is silent.

An entire family, including three children, died in an explosion at St Anthony’s Church on Easter Sunday, one of a series of coordinated attacks by suicide bombers that killed more than 250 people.
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May 17, 2019
A school bag is seen on the bed of Wishmi, 14, a student, in Negombo, Sri Lanka, April 30, 2019. Wishmi,...
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The Wider Image: What they left behind: Sri Lanka's Easter Sunday bombing victims
A school bag is seen on the bed of Wishmi, 14, a student, in Negombo, Sri Lanka, April 30, 2019. Wishmi, her sister and their father were killed during Easter Sunday bombings at St. Sebastian Church in Negombo, while her mother Chandima Yasawardheena was injured. "I can't explain in words what I thought of at that moment. I remember taking the shoes of my younger daughter and the veil my elder daughter was wearing, I ran all over the hospital as if I was mad. I couldn't remember how long I ran around it. I don't feel like my daughters have left me. I don't want to accept it," Chandima said, her face bandaged from a shrapnel wound. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui SEARCH "SIDDIQUI GOMEZ" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY.
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May 17, 2019
An empty street where brothers Bevon, nine, Clavon, six, and 11-month-old Avon used to play in Colombo,...
Colombo, Sri Lanka
The Wider Image: What they left behind: Sri Lanka's Easter Sunday bombing victims
An empty street where brothers Bevon, nine, Clavon, six, and 11-month-old Avon used to play in Colombo, Sri Lanka, May 8, 2019. The three brothers and their parents were killed during the Easter Sunday bombings at St. Anthony Church in Colombo, Sri Lanka. "I love my cousins. I'm sure they'll be back soon and then we can cycle and play in the street," said their cousin Joshua. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui SEARCH "SIDDIQUI GOMEZ" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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May 17, 2019
A local church which was regularly visited by Berlington Joseph Gomez and his family is seen in Colombo,...
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The Wider Image: What they left behind: Sri Lanka's Easter Sunday bombing victims
A local church which was regularly visited by Berlington Joseph Gomez and his family is seen in Colombo, Sri Lanka, May 8, 2019. Gomez, 33, his wife Chandrika Arumugam, 31, and their sons Bevon, 9, Clavon, 6, and 11-month-old Avon, were killed during Easter Sunday bombings at St. Anthony Church in Colombo, Sri Lanka. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui SEARCH "SIDDIQUI GOMEZ" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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May 17, 2019
Christian decorations hang on the door to the house of brothers Bevon, aged nine, Clavon, aged six, and...
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The Wider Image: What they left behind: Sri Lanka's Easter Sunday bombing victims
Christian decorations hang on the door to the house of brothers Bevon, aged nine, Clavon, aged six, and 11-month-old Avon, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, May 8, 2019. The three brothers and their parents were killed during the during Easter Sunday bombings at St. Anthony Church in Colombo, Sri Lanka. "I love my cousins. I'm sure they'll be back soon and then we can cycle and play in the street," said their cousin Joshua. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui SEARCH "SIDDIQUI GOMEZ" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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May 17, 2019
An art file belonging to Kevin Kuventhirarasa, nine, a fourth grade student, who was killed during Easter...
Batticaloa, Sri Lanka
The Wider Image: What they left behind: Sri Lanka's Easter Sunday bombing victims
An art file belonging to Kevin Kuventhirarasa, nine, a fourth grade student, who was killed during Easter Sunday bombings at Zion Church, is pictured inside a private school in Batticalao, Sri Lanka, May 6, 2019. "He was very active, generous and helpful," said his teacher Vijithakumary Suthagar, in the empty classroom where she used to teach him. "I don't know how I will explain his absence to his classmates." REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui SEARCH "SIDDIQUI GOMEZ" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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May 17, 2019
An empty basketball court where Jackson, 13, used to play, is seen in Batticalao, Sri Lanka, May 6, 2019....
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The Wider Image: What they left behind: Sri Lanka's Easter Sunday bombing victims
An empty basketball court where Jackson, 13, used to play, is seen in Batticalao, Sri Lanka, May 6, 2019. Jackson, a promising basketball player who was captain of his school team, died on the spot. "He was my only child. I coached him to play basketball and we enjoyed playing together. Now my whole future generation is gone. Nothing is left," said his father, Arasaratnam Verl, as he looked at Jackson's jerseys and basketball. "I wish I had gone to the church with him that day", he said. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui SEARCH "SIDDIQUI GOMEZ" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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May 17, 2019
Toy dolls are seen inside the house of Rangana Fernando, 41, his wife Danadiri, 37, their daughters Fabiyola,...
Negombo, Sri Lanka
The Wider Image: What they left behind: Sri Lanka's Easter Sunday bombing victims
Toy dolls are seen inside the house of Rangana Fernando, 41, his wife Danadiri, 37, their daughters Fabiyola, six, Leona, four, and 11-month-old son Seth, in Negombo, Sri Lanka, May 1, 2019. The family were killed during Easter Sunday bombings at St. Sebastian Church. "We will lock this house after donating everything belonging to family. There is no one to take care of it. It was such a perfect happy family but everyone is gone because of one person," said a relative who had arrived from overseas to attend the funeral of the family. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui SEARCH "SIDDIQUI GOMEZ" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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May 17, 2019
An outdoor studio setup of a cooking show hosted by Shantha Mayadunne, a chef and TV personality, who...
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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An outdoor studio setup of a cooking show hosted by Shantha Mayadunne, a chef and TV personality, who was killed during Easter Sunday bombings at Shangri-La hotel, is pictured in Colombo, Sri Lanka, May 8, 2019. Shantha Mayadunne was killed with her daughter minutes after the latter uploaded selfie of them having Easter breakfast in a luxury hotel. "She used to bring everything, including utensils and vegetables, from her house for the show," said her producer, Sirimalee, gesturing to her workspace on the set. "We still can't believe she won't be back in this studio, which was her kitchen." REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui SEARCH "SIDDIQUI GOMEZ" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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May 17, 2019
A fourth grade classroom attended by Kevin Kuventhirarasa, nine, who was killed during Easter Sunday...
Batticaloa, Sri Lanka
The Wider Image: What they left behind: Sri Lanka's Easter Sunday bombing victims
A fourth grade classroom attended by Kevin Kuventhirarasa, nine, who was killed during Easter Sunday bombings at Zion Church, is seen inside a private school in Batticalao, Sri Lanka, May 6, 2019. "He was very active, generous and helpful," said his teacher Vijithakumary Suthagar, in the empty classroom where she used to teach him. "I don't know how I will explain his absence to his classmates." REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui SEARCH "SIDDIQUI GOMEZ" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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May 17, 2019
An empty bedroom belonging to Rangana Fernando, 41, his wife Danadiri, 37, their daughters Fabiyola,...
Negombo, Sri Lanka
The Wider Image: What they left behind: Sri Lanka's Easter Sunday bombing victims
An empty bedroom belonging to Rangana Fernando, 41, his wife Danadiri, 37, their daughters Fabiyola, 6, Leona, 4, and 11-month-old son, Seth, who were killed during Easter Sunday bombings at St. Sebastian Church, is seen in Negombo, Sri Lanka, May 1, 2019. "We will lock this house after donating everything belonging to family. There is no one to take care of it. It was such a perfect happy family but everyone is gone because of one person," said a relative who had arrived from overseas to attend the funeral of the family. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui SEARCH "SIDDIQUI GOMEZ" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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May 17, 2019
An empty kitchen is seen inside the house of Verlini Suranga, a 35-year-old housewife, who was killed...
Batticaloa, Sri Lanka
The Wider Image: What they left behind: Sri Lanka's Easter Sunday bombing victims
An empty kitchen is seen inside the house of Verlini Suranga, a 35-year-old housewife, who was killed during Easter Sunday bombings at Zion Church in Batticalao, Sri Lanka, May 5, 2019. Verlini Suranga was killed with her husband and nephew while attending the Easter mass. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui SEARCH "SIDDIQUI GOMEZ" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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May 17, 2019
A bike stands outside the unfinished house of Lahiru Prasanga Fernando, 34, and his wife Diliini Sangeewani,...
Negombo, Sri Lanka
The Wider Image: What they left behind: Sri Lanka's Easter Sunday bombing victims
A bike stands outside the unfinished house of Lahiru Prasanga Fernando, 34, and his wife Diliini Sangeewani, 34, in Negombo, Sri Lanka, May 1, 2019. The couple were killed during Easter Sunday bombings at St. Sebastian Church. "They had been married for more than 15 years and were so happy together. They were childless but treated this house as their kid. They were building it slowly for the last few years. Now they've left me alone in this house," said Sudarshni Fernando, mother of Lahiru. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui  SEARCH "SIDDIQUI GOMEZ" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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May 17, 2019
A teddy bear is seen in the room of Wishmi, 14, a student, in Negombo, Sri Lanka, April 30, 2019. Wishmi,...
Negombo, Sri Lanka
The Wider Image: What they left behind: Sri Lanka's Easter Sunday bombing victims
A teddy bear is seen in the room of Wishmi, 14, a student, in Negombo, Sri Lanka, April 30, 2019. Wishmi, her sister and their father were killed during Easter Sunday bombings at St. Sebastian Church in Negombo, while her mother Chandima Yasawardheena was injured. "I can't explain in words what I thought of at that moment. I remember taking the shoes of my younger daughter and the veil my elder daughter was wearing, I ran all over the hospital as if I was mad. I couldn't remember how long I ran around it. I don't feel like my daughters have left me. I don't want to accept it," Chandima said, her face bandaged from a shrapnel wound. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui SEARCH "SIDDIQUI GOMEZ" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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May 17, 2019
Statues of Mary and Jesus are seen inside the unfinished house of Lahiru Prasanga Fernando, 34, and his...
Negombo, Sri Lanka
The Wider Image: What they left behind: Sri Lanka's Easter Sunday bombing victims
Statues of Mary and Jesus are seen inside the unfinished house of Lahiru Prasanga Fernando, 34, and his wife Diliini Sangeewani, 34, in Negombo, Sri Lanka, May 1, 2019. The couple were killed during Easter Sunday bombings at St. Sebastian Church. "They had been married for more than 15 years and were so happy together. They were childless but treated this house as their kid. They were building it slowly for the last few years. Now they've left me alone in this house," said Sudarshni Fernando, mother of Lahiru. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui  SEARCH "SIDDIQUI GOMEZ" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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May 17, 2019
An empty bed belonging to Janisha Vidushan, 16, a student, who was killed during Easter Sunday bombings...
Negombo, Sri Lanka
The Wider Image: What they left behind: Sri Lanka's Easter Sunday bombing victims
An empty bed belonging to Janisha Vidushan, 16, a student, who was killed during Easter Sunday bombings at St. Sebastian Church, is seen inside his house in Negombo, Sri Lanka, April 30, 2019. Janisha was killed with his cousin, aunt and grandmother. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui SEARCH "SIDDIQUI GOMEZ" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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May 17, 2019
An empty bed belonging to Chamodh Parera, 11, a sixth grade student, who was killed during Easter Sunday...
Negombo, Sri Lanka
The Wider Image: What they left behind: Sri Lanka's Easter Sunday bombing victims
An empty bed belonging to Chamodh Parera, 11, a sixth grade student, who was killed during Easter Sunday bombings at St. Sebastian Church, is seen inside his house in Negombo, Sri Lanka, April 30, 2019. Chamodh was killed with his aunt, Mary Sheila who accompanied him for the mass as his father had a fever. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui SEARCH "SIDDIQUI GOMEZ" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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May 17, 2019
An empty bedroom belonging to Rasika Dilrukshi, 30, her daughters Rashini 13 and Shalomi 10, and son...
Negombo, Sri Lanka
The Wider Image: What they left behind: Sri Lanka's Easter Sunday bombing victims
An empty bedroom belonging to Rasika Dilrukshi, 30, her daughters Rashini 13 and Shalomi 10, and son Shalom, seven, who were killed during Easter Sunday bombings at St. Sebastian Church, is seen inside their house in Negombo, Sri Lanka, May 1, 2019. Pradeep Thusantha who lost his wife and kids was outside the church. He rushed towards his family when he heard the explosion. "Me and my wife were deeply in love for the last 15 years. Our family was bonded together. All five of us slept in one bedroom. I remember how beautiful they all looked when they left for the church. I worked hard to keep my family happy. Now I just want to leave this country and work for God for the rest of my life." REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui SEARCH "SIDDIQUI GOMEZ" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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May 17, 2019
A photo of Janisha Vidushan, 16, a student, who was killed during Easter Sunday bombings at St. Sebastian...
Negombo, Sri Lanka
The Wider Image: What they left behind: Sri Lanka's Easter Sunday bombing victims
A photo of Janisha Vidushan, 16, a student, who was killed during Easter Sunday bombings at St. Sebastian Church, is seen inside his house in Negombo, Sri Lanka, April 30, 2019. Janisha was killed with his cousin, aunt and grandmother. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui SEARCH "SIDDIQUI GOMEZ" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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May 17, 2019
Sewing machine of Kritika, 49, a housewife, who was killed during Easter Sunday bombings at St. Sebastian...
Negombo, Sri Lanka
The Wider Image: What they left behind: Sri Lanka's Easter Sunday bombing victims
Sewing machine of Kritika, 49, a housewife, who was killed during Easter Sunday bombings at St. Sebastian Church, is seen inside her house in Negombo, Sri Lanka, April 30, 2019. Kritika was killed on the spot while her son was seriously injured. Her husband, Priyantha Jayakody had skipped morning mass at St. Sebastian's Church in Negombo that day because of an injured foot, but he listened to the sermon through an open window in his first-floor apartment overlooking the church. "She would always take care of me, my son and our house. She had just bought cloth and was making new curtains," said Priyantha, wiping away tears. "My life changed in seconds." REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui SEARCH "SIDDIQUI GOMEZ" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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May 17, 2019
A school timetable seen on the bedroom wall of Wishmi, 14, in Negombo, Sri Lanka, April 30, 2019. Wishmi,...
Negombo, Sri Lanka
The Wider Image: What they left behind: Sri Lanka's Easter Sunday bombing victims
A school timetable seen on the bedroom wall of Wishmi, 14, in Negombo, Sri Lanka, April 30, 2019. Wishmi, her sister and their father were killed during Easter Sunday bombings at St. Sebastian Church in Negombo, while her mother Chandima Yasawardheena was injured. "I can't explain in words what I thought of at that moment. I remember taking the shoes of my younger daughter and the veil my elder daughter was wearing, I ran all over the hospital as if I was mad. I couldn't remember how long I ran around it. I don't feel like my daughters have left me. I don't want to accept it," Chandima said, her face bandaged from a shrapnel wound. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui SEARCH "SIDDIQUI GOMEZ" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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May 17, 2019
A three-wheeler belonging to Sampath Wishwakeerthi, 45, who was killed during Easter Sunday bombings...
Negombo, Sri Lanka
The Wider Image: What they left behind: Sri Lanka's Easter Sunday bombing victims
A three-wheeler belonging to Sampath Wishwakeerthi, 45, who was killed during Easter Sunday bombings at St. Sebastian Church, is parked outside his house in Negombo, Sri Lanka, April 30, 2019. Sampath and his two daughters were killed while his wife was injured during St. Sebastian Church bombing. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui SEARCH "SIDDIQUI GOMEZ" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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May 17, 2019
An empty workshop of Dulip Kumar, 46, a carpenter who was killed during Easter Sunday bombings at St....
Negombo, Sri Lanka
The Wider Image: What they left behind: Sri Lanka's Easter Sunday bombing victims
An empty workshop of Dulip Kumar, 46, a carpenter who was killed during Easter Sunday bombings at St. Sebastian Church, is seen in Negombo, Sri Lanka, May 1, 2019. Dulip Kumar and his two teenage children died while his wife survived with an injury to her right eye. "He was known all over the town for his skills. We used to work together. He was suppose to open the workshop the next day of Easter after a few days break. It feels strange to come here without him," said his younger brother Jude Prasad Appuhamy. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui SEARCH "SIDDIQUI GOMEZ" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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May 17, 2019
Photos of Rashini, 13, her sister Shalomi, 10, and brother Shalom, seven, who were killed during Easter...
Negombo, Sri Lanka
The Wider Image: What they left behind: Sri Lanka's Easter Sunday bombing victims
Photos of Rashini, 13, her sister Shalomi, 10, and brother Shalom, seven, who were killed during Easter Sunday bombings at St. Sebastian Church, are seen inside their house in Negombo, Sri Lanka, May 1, 2019. Pradeep Thusantha who lost his wife and children was outside the church. He rushed towards his family when he heard the explosion. "Me and my wife were deeply in love for the last 15 years. Our family was bonded together. All five of us slept in one bedroom. I remember how beautiful they all looked when they left for the church. I worked hard to keep my family happy. Now I just want to leave this country and work for God for the rest of my life." REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui SEARCH "SIDDIQUI GOMEZ" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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