"The bomb went off and they were both running toward me," he said. "I knew there was another bomb because there is always something with these things."
The 61-year-old US investment banker is both numb in grief after their deaths and tormented by what he could have done differently, faced with the impossible task of protecting his children from such murderous intent.
Suicide bombings that struck seven buildings in Sri Lankan Cities. Officials say more than 300 people were killed and hundreds were wounded.
Moments earlier, the breakfast buffet, Amelie, 15, is going to fetch his father food. "My children were so nice, they actually went down to the buffet and got the food for me and filled my plate," he said. "I just wanted to get it, my daughter said, 'No I'll get it.'"
Both were joyous expressions of how young people seek to help others, as described by their brother David, 21.
Daniel, 19, Ethiopia and Amelie volunteered to help orphans what a source of energy and love in their family. The US-UK dual nationals had gone away with their fathers on vacation in Sri Lanka. Their mother and two siblings had stayed at home.
At the family's London home, luggage sits unpacked in the hallway. The victims' 12-year-old brother, Ethan, scrolled through family pictures on the computer. That morning, he cried and said he wanted his siblings back. David Held Amelie's smartphone, a hole ripped through it by what must have been a ball bearing from the blast.
After the second blast in the Shangri-La, Matt Linsey speeds over to their injured bodies.
"They both were unconscious," he said. My son was not there, I needed help moving my son. " Thinking his daughter was safe in the hands and less injured, Linsey was carrying his son in the ambulance to the hospital.
There he tried to revive his son, unsuccessfully. "I tried to massage his heart," the father said.
He tries to find his daughter, he explains, his voice a hoarse whisper of exhaustion. That's why I've lost my voice. " Amid the overflowing hospital, Linsey found a lifeless amelia under a hospital sheet.
"The people were very helpful," he said. "They're rudimentary facilities, they did their best."
He recalls how a Sri Lankan doctor helped him to get to the US Embassy, where the staff were "fantastic," including a Marine named Wolf. They got him on a plane home in eight hours. There was little more he could do to help his children, amid the continuing threat.
Asked he is full of rage for the senseless murder of his two teenage children.
"Love is the Answer," Matt Linsey said. "My daughter and I, one of our favorite songs is a song called. Yes, you want the government to do what you have to do to stop that people. [to] the people on the other side: