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Jaffna Library staff and students commemorate Fr. Hyacinth David

An event was held to remember scholar and community leader Reverend Father David, who reportedly died from shock just days after his beloved institution the Jaffna Public Library was destroyed by Sinhala mobs.

Library staff and local students joined the commemoration, which was led by Jaffna Municipal Council Commissioner S Krishnendran., the chief Librarian Sivakaran Anusiya, and attended byy staffers, students, and visitors.

Floral tributes were laid, and candles were lit to memorialize the incident.

Fr. Hyacinth David was in his room in the third floor of St. Patrick’s College the night the Jaffna Library was set ablaze. He could reportedly see flames engulfing the building.

A few short days later, he passed away.

His statue remains in the library courtyard to this day.

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