Hero of the Week: Kieran Shafritz de Zoysa

Kieran Shafritz de Zoysa, 11, had been staying in Sri Lanka for a year with his mother, his father says.

Our Hero of the Week this week is 11-year-old Kieran Shafritz de Zoysa, a student from Washington, D.C, who was killed in the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka last week. Kieran was on leave of absence from the prestigious Sidwell Friends school and was living and studying in Sri Lanka. His father explained that Kieran had big dreams of studying science, becoming a neurosurgeon, and finding the cure for Alzheimer’s disease. His death and that of over 250 other people last weekend as a result of a terrorist attack is an unimaginable tragedy but to lose someone so young who had hopes of pursuing science and helping people is exceptionally difficult. We send our deepest sympathies to Kieran’s family and honor all children like him who dream of making the world a better place, may his memory live on through them.



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