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Crowds mill in streets of Sri Lanka after Easter Sunday explosions kill hundreds. Photo from Ada Derana.


Florida pols express support for Sri Lanka after Easter Sunday explosions

Explosions killed more than 200 in churches and hotels.

Florida elected officials voiced support and sympathy for the Sri Lankan people after apparent Easter Day attacks killed more than 200 there.

At least 207 dies and more than 450 were injured following a series of explosions in churches and hotels Sunday, according to Sri Lankan news outlet Ada Derana. Those killed include at least 32 visiting foreigners, including Americans. The Colombo Crimes Division has arrested at least 13 in connection to the events.

“The United States offers heartfelt condolences to the great people of Sri Lanka. We stand ready to help,” tweeted President Donald Trump.

Florida politicians joined a chorus of leaders around the world condemning the attack and expressing support for victims and survivors.

“Horrifying coordinated terror attack underway on this Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka …,” said U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, a Miami Republican, shortly after news broke of the attacks. “Please pray for those who have lost their lives or been injured & for officials working to end this & respond to the injured.”

“My prayers go out to the people of Sri Lanka impacted by this horrific tragedy,” tweeted Sen. Rick Scott, a Naples Republican. “Targeting innocent people who are coming together to worship on this holy day is just evil. It’s pure evil.”

“Horrified by the news from Sri Lanka,” said U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy, an Orlando Democrat. “My thoughts are with the innocent victims and their families. The U.S. stands ready to assist the Sri Lankan people in their time of need.”

“Praying today for the victims in Sri Lanka. That this attack would occur on Easter, when families and children are gathered for worship, is horrifying,” said U.S. Rep. Val Demings, an Orlando Democrat. “Our hearts go out to the victims and the people of Sri Lanka in this difficult time.”

“Sending love and prayers to Sri Lanka from Tampa Bay this Easter Sunday,” said U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, a Tampa Democrat.

“Devastating attacks in Sri Lanka. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families,” said U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, a Boca Raton Democrat. “The US stands with the people of Sri Lanka against violence and terrorism.”

“My heart goes out to all the families & survivors of Sri Lanka in this Easter Sunday 2019,” said U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, a Miami Democrat. “We must stand together and pray for love and unity.”

“My heart goes out to the families and worshippers in Sri Lanka who were targeted by acts of evil this morning,” said U.S. Rep. Donna Shalala, a Miami Democrat. “The international community stands with you during this time of mourning.”

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Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at

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