Last week’s terrorist attack at the Oberoi Trident Hotel in Mumbai, India was a horrible tragedy that cost 195 people their lives. Among the victims were some Americans being specifically targeted by the terrorists. The terrorists would ask to see hotel guests passports, and if those guests were unfortunate enough to show them an American passport, they were killed.
Of course, even though too many people lost their lives during those hellish days inside the hotel, there were quite a few who did manage to escape & make their way back to the States in recent days. One of those survivors was Northwest Airlines flight attendant Darryl Jones, who spent a couple of days hidden inside a hotel room with another hotel guest. Part of the reason Jones made it through the two days was help he received from a friend: the Boston Celtics’ Ray Allen.
From the BOSTON GLOBE:
Allen learned of the attack during a phone call from his wife, Shannon, after a win over Golden State that night. Upon arriving home, Allen gave a whispering Jones an updated television news report for about 20 minutes. Worried that Jones could be targeted because he was an American, Allen also told his friend that if a terrorist asked for his passport to say he didn’t have it and that he was Jamaican.
“When I called him, I was telling him everything I heard on TV,” Allen said yesterday. “[Jones learned] about the hotel being on fire and I told him that there was police outside. I told him, ‘This is what is happening. From what they are saying, there are still terrorists running around shooting people and throwing grenades. You need to hide and don’t open the door if someone knocks on it.’
“We talked for about 20 minutes and I told him, ‘We’ll be [by the phone] if you need to call back. If you call back, we’ll be up waiting, and if you [don’t call], just leave us a message letting us know you’re all right.’ “
After Jones got out of the hotel, he flew to Germany and then the Netherlands for questioning before he returned home. I can’t even imagine what it would be like to be stuck hiding in a hotel room for days while a bunch of psychos roam the halls looking for people to kill.
I don’t suppose it would be very much fun, though I’m sure Jones has forgotten all about that and is just happy to be home and alive right now.