Kieran Shafritz de Zoysa Wiki
Kieran Shafritz de Zoysa was identified as one of the Americans killed in the Sri Lanka Easter bombings. He was a fifth-grade student from D.C., who attended Sidwell Friends school.
Kieran Shafritz de Zoysa Biography
Zoysa was a student at Sidwell Friends school who had been studying abroad in Sri Lanka when he died in the blasts that killed nearly 300. Sidwell Friends is a prestigious school where President Barack Obama’s daughters, Sasha and Malia, and President Bill Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea, attended, according to The New York Post. Zoysa’s citizenship is unknown at this time. So is his age, but students are generally around 10-years-old when they enter fifth grade.
The news of the young boy’s death came in the form of a letter from his school to the parents of his classmates. Per ABC affiliate WJLA, the letter reads in part,
2nd US Death Confirm in Srilanka Bombing
A 5th grader from Sidwell Friends private school in Washington, DC, has been identified as one of the victims killed in Sunday’s Sri Lanka bombings https://t.co/RXte5eHFgZ
— CNN (@CNN) April 22, 2019
The confirmation of Kieran’s identity marks him as the second American identified as a casualty in the Sri Lanka bombings. The first to be identified was 40-year-old Dieter Kowalski, whose death was confirmed early Monday by his employer and his brother. There are at least two more Americans who are believed to be casualties of the Easter weekend bombings.
According to CNN, Kieran was expected to return to Sidwell Friends for middle school the coming year. His family has not given a statement about his death, or about the circumstances surrounding his travel to Sri Lanka.
Sidwell Friends School is an extremely selective Quaker school with locations in Bethesda Maryland and Washington, D.C. A number of high profile children have attended the school, including Sasha and Malia Obama, as well as Chelsea Clinton.