06/13/2019 Sri Lanka (International Christian Concern) – Arun Prashanth, a survivor of the Easter church bombings in Sri Lanka, died on June 4 after spending 40 days in an intensive care unit. Prashanth represents the latest causality following the deadliest attack on Sri Lanka’s Christian community.
According to witnesses, Prashanth bravely tended to other injured worshipers after a suicide bomber attacked Zion Evangelical Church in Batticaloa on April 21. Witnesses claim the 30-year-old collapsed while helping others. After he was taken to the hospital, it was discovered that he had suffered a serious spinal injury.
At least 30 people, including 14 children, were killed in the suicide attack on Zion Evangelical Church. However, Zion was not the only church targeted and attacked on April 21. Islamic State terrorists attacked two other churches and three hotels in coordinated attacks that claimed the lives of more than 250 people.
As Sri Lanka’s Christian community continues to recover, it is important to remember the individuals and families that have been effected. Parshanth was the sole breadwinner for his family and took care of his widowed mother. He was also known to be very active in ministry at Zion Evangelical Church. His presence and support will be dearly missed by his family and community.
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