New Zealand PM Meets Victims’ Families Wearing Hijab
Jacinda Arden arrived at Hagley College in Christchurch to greet hundreds of survivors, family members and mourners.
Mourners gathered across New Zealand and the globe to honour the worshippers, who were defenceless when they were allegedly shot at by Australian citizen Brenton Tarrant.
Speaking to reporters on the occasion, she said that authorities were focusing on returning victims to their families so they could properly mourn.
“Hagley Park, very much the focus on them was being able to access their loved ones,” she said, adding, “Front of mind for them, of course, is fulfilling their religious expectations and that is burial.”
At least 50 people were killed and dozens others were left wounded in mass shootings at two mosques in New Zealand's eastern city of Christchurch on Friday afternoon, marking one of the "darkest" days in the country's history.