Here in the midst of Thanksgiving preparations and holiday shopping, it's horrifying to watch events unfold in Mumbai, the historic city once known as Bombay now Mumbai. So much death and destruction. Why?
We're all feeling the shock of the awful attacks in Mumbai. All our hearts go out to the victims and their families.
The attacks were aimed at our people, our prosperity and our peace. But their top target was something else: our unity. If these attacks cause us to turn on each other in hatred and conflict, the terrorists will have won. They know that hatred and chaos feed on division. They also know they are radical extremists, and their only hope of reaching society as a whole is by turning the rest of us against each other.
Let's deny them that victory. We're launching a message to extremists on all sides and all our political leaders, one that will soon be published in newspapers across India and Pakistan. The message is that these tactics aren't working, that we're more united than ever, united in our love and support to each other, and determined to work together to stop violent extremism.
The body of the 23-year-old Boris do Rego Taj Sous-Chef from Divar was flown to Goa by an early morning flight and the funeral will take place on Saturday evening.
Boris, the younger son of Mr Urbano, a chef for the Taj group in Goa, and Idalina, originally from St Cruz, was a jovial and polite boy who was well liked by all in the village, with a dream to be like his father a successful chef was transferred to the Mumbai Taj from Delhi.
Media reports say that Boris was probably shot when he had moved from the basement in which he was hiding along with hundreds of others, to the kitchen probably to get something to eat. This was just before 4 a.m. and around 20 minutes before his family could call him up. His family had been in constant touch with him right from around 10.45 p.m.
Reports say that when his elder brother Kevin called him up again, the voice on the other side showed that his brother was badly hurt and so he gave the phone to his father. His desperate father tried to get in touch with his old colleagues to find out if something could be done but to no avail and at around 2.30 in the afternoon the dreaded confirmation related by a top executive relayed the sad news which was later confirmed by the hotels human resource department.
Earlier, speaking to his family, Boris seemed quite confident that he and many of his colleagues were out of the terrorists grip and had assured his father that they should not worry about him when they had spoken to him.
Reports say that he narrated to his family his brief encounter with the masked terrorists. He told them that he was on duty at the Shamiana, one of the Tajs restaurants, when a group of terrorists kicked the door open and entered the restaurant. As panic took over and customers ran helter-skelter Boris said that he ran to safety from the open kitchen as the terrorists opened fire, injuring a few before leaving.
After this the staff were advised to move to the basement of the building. And soon around 300 of them were huddled in fear in the basement, waiting for the attack to subside. Latest reports say that all hostages including staff have been evacuated but for Boris this was a few hours too late.
GuardianAngel is asking people to say URGENT PRAYER for-MUMBAI INDIA.
Prayers for the victims of the terrorists in Mumbai. Prayers for the lives lost and the families affected by the cowardly acts committed. God bless all that were affected and may the souls of all died including our Goan Chef Boris, Rest In Peace'
Brooklyn rabbi, wife dead in Mumbai terrorist attack.
Rabbi Gavriel Noach Holtzberg and his wife, Rivka, directors of Chabad-Lubavitch of Mumbai, India, have been killed in a terrorist attack in that western Indian city.
FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO WISH TO SEND PRAYERS FOR THE SOULS OF THE DEAD, MAY SEND YOUR REQUEST, I AM PLACING THE PRAYERS FOR THE DEAD SOULS AT OLD GOA CHURCH... YOU MAY SEND YOUR NAMES AT EARLIEST.
MAY THEY REST IN PEACE!