A 55-year-old former Arcadia resident was among those killed in a suicide bombing this week in Afghanistan, the man’s family confirmed Wednesday.
Manoharan “Paul” Kamaleson was one of four people who died in the Monday attack in Kabul, during which a suicide bomber detonated explosives packed into a vehicle, authorities said. At least 100 people were injured in the attack, for which the Taliban claimed responsibility.
Kamaleson was the chief operating officer at The First MicroFinance Bank in Afghanistan. He attended both Arcadia High School, where he played football and graduated in 1981, and Azusa Pacific University.
“We are very sad to learn of the tragic passing of Paul,” according to a statement Wednesday by the Arcadia Unified School District. “Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with his wife Nicole, their three children and his entire family, some of whom still live here in Arcadia. As we like to say, once an Apache, always an Apache. We are proud to say Paul was and always will be a member of the Apache and Arcadia Unified family. May he rest in peace.”
Kamaleson’s sister, Ruth Loisel, told the Los Angeles Times the family was notified Tuesday of his death. She said he had just recently returned to Afghanistan after spending part of the holidays with his family in Chicago. Loisel said Kamaleson had three grown sons, who are all in their early 20s.
His wife, Nicole, told The Times in a statement, “The Kamaleson family is currently grieving and thank everyone for their incredibly supportive thoughts and prayers. They are asking, though, to kindly respect their privacy as they process this painful news during this difficult time.”