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In pictures: New Zealand grieves, prepares for first burials

Christchurch is subdued. Bunches of flowers have been piled up outside the botanical gardens and underneath oak trees opposite one of the mosques, guarded by armed police.

(Text from Reuters)

First burials

As preparations for the first burials were underway for the 50 people killed last Friday in the Christchurch mosques mass shooting, PM Jacinda Ardern singled out three worshippers, including one of the first killed in the attack.

 

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Victims were mostly migrants

The majority of victims were migrants or refugees from countries such as Pakistan, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Turkey, Somalia, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. The youngest was a three-year-old boy, born in New Zealand to Somali refugee parents.

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Youngest victim - a three-year-old

The youngest was a three-year-old boy, born in New Zealand to Somali refugee parents.

In picture: 50 pairs of painted white shoes laid out at All Souls Church, in memory of the victims of Friday's shooting, in Christchurch, New Zealand. 

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'Darkest of Days'

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Tuesday praised the bravery and courage by mosque worshippers as a lone gunman massacred their friends and family, saying the nation stood with its grieving Muslim community in this "darkest of days".

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'I still love you!'

A wheelchair-using worshipper who survived the slaughter at the Al Noor mosque, but whose wife was killed, has said that forgives the gunman, adding that he would like to meet him and tell him "I still love you."

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Olive branch to the gunman

"I don't agree with what you did … you took a wrong decision, a wrong direction, but I want to believe in you. That you have great potential in your heart," said Farhid Ahmed, 59, adding that he has offered an olive branch to the gunman. 

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