A 31-year-old Portuguese man is among the nearly 300 people who were killed in a series of terror attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday.
Rui Lucas, an electrical engineer who lived in the district of Viseu, was on his honeymoon – he had married just eight days before – when he was killed at the Kingsbury hotel, one of the sites of the many explosions that killed 290 people and wounded around 500 in the Asian country.
According to Jornal de Notícias, his wife has already requested assistance from the Portuguese government to “quickly return to Portugal”.
Rui Lucas is described by his boss Augusto Teixeira as a “spectacular man with a big heart”, who loved to travel. “He wanted to spend his honeymoon in a calm place, enjoying a completely different culture,” Teixeira told JN, adding that his colleagues at T&T Multielétrica, where he worked, are struggling to come to terms with his tragic death.
President of Portugal Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa has already expressed his condolences to the victims of the Sri Lanka terror attacks.
“My thoughts are especially with the family of the Portuguese victim and I was already able to present my condolences to the widow,” Marcelo told Lusa news agency.
Portuguese Consul in Sri Lanka Preenie Pine said that there are other Portuguese citizens in Sri Lanka but that they are “all safe”.
“This is a very sad day, we are all shocked,” Pen said.
The attacks happened simultaneously at churches holding Easter services and hotels in Sri Lanka. Most of the victims are believed to be Sri Lankans although officials have said around 30 people from other countries have been killed.