May 08, Colombo: A US official injured in the Easter Sunday suicide bomb attacks in Sri Lanka has died in a hospital in Singapore, U.S. officials said on Wednesday (May 8).
On May 4, 2019, Chelsea Decaminada, an International Program Specialist at U.S. Department of Commerce passed away as a result of injuries sustained during the April 21st terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka, where she was on assignment, U.S. Department of Commerce announced in a media release.
"It was our great hope that Chelsea would recover from her injuries. My prayers are with Chelsea's family during this difficult time," Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said in the statement
"Chelsea was a talented International Program Specialist in our Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) of the Office of the General Counsel. Chelsea devoted her life to public service, and her dedication and spirit were a model for all of us at Commerce. She served her country with distinction. As we mourn her loss, we must continue to fight terrorism around the world."
Paying tribute, U.S. Ambassador to Colombo Alaina B. Teplitz mourned the loss of passing of Chelsea Decaminada
"We mourn the loss of Chelsea Decaminada, who succumbed after a valiant fight to injuries sustained in the Easter attacks. Our thoughts and prayers are with Chelsea's family. We pay tribute to Chelsea - and all those lost and injured - by partnering with Sri Lanka and nations around the world to bring unity in the face of terrorism."
Chelsea Decaminada, a graduate of Duke University, was seriously wounded when two bombers hit the luxury Shangri-La hotel in Colombo on April 21. With her death, the total number killed from the Easter Sunday attacks raised to 258 including 45 foreign nationals.