FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) --For the past 25 years, a Visalia family has lived and worked in Bangladesh as missionaries.
Never did they think a terrorist attack like this would happen just two blocks away from their home.
"Not only do we live close to this restaurant, but we go to this restaurant often to eat," the missionary said.
He didn't want us to give his name due to safety concerns. Especially since his family knew some of the hostages, including a young man who was friends with his son.
"He was granted freedom from the terrorists, but would not take it," he explained. "Because he wanted to protect several young ladies that were there. And they killed him, along with the other young ladies that he was there to protect."
"We're just shocked. We're stunned by this. It's totally unprecedented. We've never had anything like this happen before. And so all I can say is, we're just devastated."
Since the news broke, his family has received calls and messages from people around the world and here at home.
"Yes we have a lot of family members in the Central Valley there that are very concerned and we've been in constant contact with them," he said.
And although he admits he himself is concerned about their safety he knows it's a part of their mission.
"That gives us an understanding that the reason that we're here is far more important than the fear," he said.
"I just want to encourage everybody there to pray for Bangladesh," he said. "Whatever faith you may be from, pray for Bangladesh and let's not lose hope that love and grace can win."