|EMBASSY OF SRI LANKA HOSTS TRIBUTE TO STUDENTS KILLED
IN LTTE SUICIDE BOMB ATTACK WITH UNITY - SRI LANKA AND D.S.
SENANAYAKE COLLEGE ALUMNI IN WASHINGTON DC
Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya addresses the guests
On Feb. 3, 2008, a suicide bomber from the terrorist
organization Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) took the
lives of seven members of Colombo’s D.S. Senanayake College
baseball team along with their coach, Malinda Aramadura. The terrorist
attacked Colombo’s Fort Railway Station in Sri Lanka. The
LTTE, a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization by the U.S.
Department of State, is described by the FBI as among the most
deadliest terrorist organizations in the world.
Among those innocent baseball players killed
in this LTTE terrorist attack was one Tamil - Rajarathnem Radeeswaran.
The LTTE terrorists claim to be the sole representatives for the
Tamil people in Sri Lanka. The other students killed include Eranga
Chaturanga, , Supun Hallala, Kollitha Kumara Mahamudalige, Vimukthi
Sajan Thewarapperuma, Dinuth Priyasanka and Thiwanka Thisera.
Representative of the Washington Nationals baseball team addresses
On February 3, 2009, the Embassy of Sri Lanka,
Washington DC hosted an event to commemorate and pay tribute to
those innocent victims of terrorism, in an event organized by
the newly formed ‘Unity - Sri Lanka’, a group of young
Sri Lankans in the greater Washington DC area, together with past
students of D.S. Senanayake College in the United States of America.
The event featured a special guest appearance
by a representative of the Washington Nationals baseball team,
who joined the tribute paid to sportsmen pursuing the sport in
Sri Lanka, who were killed in the deadly terrorist attack.
Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya who addressed
the large gathering at the event, stated that “(t)his is
a clear example that in sports, there is no place for terrorism.
All that counts in sports is teamwork, where a group of individuals,
of different backgrounds, religions, with no barriers fielding
together for a common achievement” and that “(t)errorism
is a challenge that affects not just Sri Lanka and the USA, but
the entire international community. It is a threat to our democratic
way of life”. He concluded by inviting everyone to work
together to build peace and promote unity in Sri Lanka, where
the government is on the verge of eradicating terrorism by eliminating
Members of Unity-Sri Lanka with Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya
and Representative of the Washington Nationals
A short video presentation on the victims, as
well as a message from the President of the Old Boys’ Association
of D.S. Senanayake College, Colombo were featured at the event.
Buddhist, Hindu, Islam and Christian religious observances - representing
the four main religions practiced in Sri Lanka - were held in
honor of the students and other victims of terrorism.
Embassy of Sri Lanka
10 February 2009