Siblings of Sri Lanka bombing victims who stayed at home while brother and sister went on doomed getaway reveal their torment


THE brother of two British victims of the Sri Lanka massacre has revealed his torment at the death of two of his siblings, saying that “now everything seems so trivial”.

Daniel Linsey, 19, and sister Amelie, 15, were in the Shangri-La hotel in Colombo with dad Matthew when a suicide bomber detonated his device on Easter Sunday.

Amelie Linsey
Amelie Linsey, 15, fled the Shangri-La hotel in Colombo when a suicide bomber detonated his device, only to be killed by second explosion
Daniel Linsey
Daniel Linsey, 19, was on the last day of a three-week holiday when Islamist fanatics detonated eight bombs at hotels and churches
Matthew Linsey
Millionaire hedge fund manager Matthew, 61, miraculously survived, suffering cuts to his face


Brother David, 21, an Oxford undergraduate, remembers the morning vividly when he was “woken by screaming”.

He told the Daily Mail: “My little brother Ethan and my mother were hysterical with grief. My brother told me what had happened.

“My mother couldn’t speak. He said they were gone.”

They were due to fly back to London later that day.

David added that he remembered having a video call with his dad where he clearly sounded very distressed and he could see the marks all over his face caused by blood and shrapnel.

David added: “He told us exactly what had happened and kept saying how sorry he was. It wasn’t his fault but he felt he could have done things differently. They were only going for breakfast.”

His 11-year-old brother and mum Angelina were understandably in hysterics.

My little brother Ethan and my mother were hysterical with grief. My brother told me what had happened

David Lindsey

Mrs Lindsey said: “For me, the important thing was that they were fearless — that they were never afraid to do anything and took things as far as they wanted to.”

Angelina met her future husband, now an investor in emerging markets, at Heathrow Airport by chance when she was 22 and had completed a law degree.

Amelie and student Daniel had dual UK/US nationality because their dad is American.

The Linseys died yards from British victims Anita Nicholson, 42, her son Alex, 14, and daughter Annabel, 11. Their father Ben also escaped the Easter Sunday horror with minor injuries.

Firefighter Billy Harrop, 56, and his partner Sally were named among the Brits who died in the terror attacks.

Previously David said: “They were in a breakfast restaurant on the third floor when there was the first explosion.


“They tried to run away and out of the hotel. Then there was a second explosion.

“My brother and sister were ahead and dad about a metre behind.

“When the second one went off they were caught in the blast.”

He added: “Daniel and Amelie were the most loving people.

“My sister held the whole family together. My brother was the nicest person you could imagine.

“I can’t describe just how devastating it is. No one ever thinks this could happen.

“My dad hasn’t said much. Only that they were caught up in the second blast. They took both my sister and brother to hospital but they couldn’t do anything.

“I think they were both dead before they got there.

“We already miss them so much. My dad seems physically OK but really shocked.

“He’s trying to help my mum and younger brother.”

David Lindsey has spoken about his family’s grief
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Security forces inspect the Shangri La hotel after the blast

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Wires hang from the roof of the luxury hotel Shangri-La after a suspected bomb attack[/caption]


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