HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- As Kenyans go through the third day of a standoff, one Valley man pays close attention to the headlines.
Father Silvio Kaberia is a native of Kenya and worked in Nairobi for eight years.
He said he has been in contact with his family and friends and knows they are safe, but still can't believe what's happening in his home country.
"First, I was shocked," said Kaberia.
Kaberia was at the Westgate Shopping Mall, the location of the shooting, just months ago.
"I had been in that mall in January when I was in Kenya for vacation," said Kaberia.
Now the upscale mall in Nairobi has been in a three day standoff.
"It's a mall that is frequented by a lot of people so when I knew exactly the location where the incident had taken place, I was concerned there will be many casualties," said Kaberia.
At least 62 people have died, which is something Kaberia said is painful to see.
"Wherever he or she comes from, it doesn't matter the nationality but the dignity of a human being. To take a life just like that without care, carelessly," said Kaberia.
He said the terrorists may have targeted this mall because it's mostly visited by tourists.
"They knew they were going to get maximum publicity, which they have already gotten," said Kaberia.
They have also frightened the world.
"They are scaring away the tourism and the tourism is the biggest income for the country," said Kaberia.
The pastor at Blessed Sacrament in Harrisonburg said the best way to help from miles away besides praying is to not to be frightened.
"If you want to visit Kenya there is no need to be scared. That's an isolated incident like any other, which happens anywhere even here," said Kaberia.
Kaberia said usually Muslims and Christians get along well in Kenya, but he thinks terrorists may be using religion as a springboard.
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