WSU students hold vigil to honor Sri Lanka attack victims

WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

It was a somber moment at Wichita State as students gathered to honor the victims of the Sri Lanka attacks.

"I'm heartbroken," said Chiran Kulasena. 

The bombings happened on Easter, killing more than 300 and injuring more than 500, a tragedy that hits home for most of these international students from the area.

"We are all human beings and we should live in peace," Kulasena stated. 

The terror group ISIS claims they're responsible for what happened, but authorities in Sri Lanka say it was a local group called National Thowheeth Jama'ath that carried out the attack on their churches and hotels.

"Terrorism has no religion, no color, no race, so does love. Love has no religion, no race and no color," Neshadi Liyanapathirana explained. "I think we need to remove terrorism from the society through via love and so that's what we're doing."  

Some say it's heartbreaking to see this happen to their country, especially after the civil war Sri Lanka has recovered from, becoming a tourist destination.

But through the pain, they're thankful for the community and its effort to help them heal. 

"Regardless of what religion we're all from, pain is pain, resilience is resilience and forgiveness is forgiveness," said Sanpravaj Wettewa. "So wherever you come from or what religion you follow, it doesn't really matter as long as we come together as a nation and as a community we can get through this pain together." 

You can help the victims here: Sri Lanka Red Cross Society

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