A MEMORIAL was held to honour those who were killed in the New Zealand terrorist attack.
But who were the 50 victims who lost their lives during a massacre on March 15.
A memorial was held to honour those who were killed in the New Zealand terrorist attack[/caption]
Who were the victims?
Fifty victims died in the shootings at two Christchurch mosques after a lone attacker opened fire during Friday prayers.
The gunman live-streamed the attack for 17-minutes before posting it on Facebook, along with a 74-page manifesto of hate.
Ardern, who swiftly denounced the shooting as terrorism, has announced a ban on military-style semi-automatic and assault rifles.
He is due back in court on April 5, when police said he was likely to face more charges.
Most victims of New Zealand’s worst mass shooting were migrants or refugees from countries such as Pakistan, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Turkey, Somalia, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.
A boy of three who died in his father’s arms and refugees who had fled war for a better life in New Zealand were named as massacre victims.
Toddler Mucad Ibrahim was gunned down when maniac Brenton Tarrant burst into a mosque’s prayers.
Older brother Abdi, who escaped with their dad, said no one had seen Mucad since the shooting.
The family has trawled through lists of injured people at Christchurch Hospital to no avail.
Heart doctor Amjad Hamid, 57, who moved from Palestine 33 years ago is also missing and wife Hanan said: “It’s terrible. We came here hoping to find a better future.”
Other innocent victims were just four, 12 14 and 16. Their heartbreaking stories emerged yesterday as world leaders told of their shock and revulsion at the slaughter.
New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern wore a hijab as she spoke to victims’ families at the Canterbury refugee resettlement centre in Christchurch.
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Somalian refugee Abdullahi Dirie, four, was one of 42 people to have who died at Al Noor mosque. His dad was among the injured.
Abdullahi’s uncle Abdulrahman Hashi, 60, said: “You cannot imagine how I feel. He was the youngest in the family. This is a problem of extremism. These are innocents.”
Seven died at Linwood Mosque, three miles away where Tarrant continued his murderous rampage. One victim died later in hospital.
Among the dead was keen footballer Heba Sami, 12. He had recently been pictured with a sign saying: “Everyone love everyone.”
Some of his relatives also died and his dad was wounded.
The father of Sayyad Milne, 14, spoke of his “brave little soldier”.
Sayyad had been at Al Noor mosque with his mum and friends.
John Milne said: “I remember him as a baby who I nearly lost at birth. It’s so hard to see him gunned down by someone who didn’t care about anyone or anything.”
Father and son Khaled Mustafa and Hamza, 16, only arrived from Syria a few months ago.
Imam Gamal Fouda told the crowd at the Al Noor mosque, many wearing headscarves in support of the grieving Muslim community: “We are broken-hearted, but we are not broken. We are alive, we are together, we are determined to not let anyone divide us.”
He said in prayers broadcast nationally: “To the families of the victims, your loved ones did not die in vain. Their blood has watered the seeds of hope.”
Tens of thousands of people paid their respects around the country with some forming human chains in front of mosques.
Others said silent prayers at schools, cafes and even offices.
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Relatives and other mourners thronged into a Christchurch cemetery where 26 victims of the attack, and one person who died in a car crash that was unrelated to the mosque shooting, were laid to rest in a mass burial.
One mourner said over a microphone, referring to an Islamic funeral prayer: “This is a special janazah. We don’t do these every day.”
They added: “We don’t bury 27 of our brothers and sisters every day.”
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