In the dark of night, bullets and grenades rained down and destroyed the peace in Mumbai, India on Wednesday, as a group known as the Deccan Mujahedeen attacked the city, killing more than 100 and injuring hundreds more.
As the death toll rose over the following days, peaking at 188 Monday, the country was thrown into a state of terror and the tension between long-term enemies India and Pakistan reaching a new high since the suicide attack on the Indian Parliament in 2001.
Witnesses said terrorists targeted American and British tourists as they ravaged two five-star hotels, a Jewish center, a movie theater, a hospital and the city’s largest train station, forcing victims to hide in air conditioning vents and flee the area.
Following the attack, images of death and destruction permeated the news and photos of the illustrious Taj Mahal Palace and Tower Hotel engulfed in flames and body bags laid out across the streets shook not only the people of Mumbai, but the world over.
Amid the numbers of high-ranking officials and locals who were reported killed, the global Jewish community is mourning the deaths of eight of its members. Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg, 29, and his wife Rivkah, 28, emissaries of the Hasidic Chabad-Lubavitch Movement in Mumbai, a Jewish center is Mumbai, were among the dead.
Tuesday night, members of the Jewish community honored the dead at the Chabad Jewish Center of Fort Collins during a solitary evening and memorial service in an effort to rebuild their now-fractured community.
As the effects of this horrific event and future terrorist attacks plague our world, the Collegian offers its condolences to those who are lost and the families they left behind.