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More than $7.4 million donated to help families in New Zealand shooting

Flowers and cards are seen at a memorial site for victims outside Al Noor mosque in Christchurch. Photograph:( Reuters )

AFP Christchurch, New Zealand Mar 24, 2019, 06.38 AM (IST)

More than $7.4 million in public donations has been received so far to help families of the 50 people killed in New Zealand's mosque shootings, according to a pair of fund-raising websites.

A support fund on New Zealand site GiveaLittle.co.nz had received NZ$8,271,847 from more than 91,000 donors as of Sunday, while LaunchGood.com, a global crowdfunding platform focused on Muslims, had netted NZ$2,546,126 from over 40,000 donors. 

The slaughter of 50 people at Friday prayers in two Christchurch mosques on March 15 shocked the normally laid-back country and prompted global horror, heightened by the gunman's cold-blooded live streaming of the massacre. 

Since then, New Zealanders have responded with an outpouring of support for the country's small Muslim community. 

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said last week that the country would cover the costs of burying the 50 victims as well as "repatriation costs for any family members who would like to move their loved ones away from New Zealand."

The attack also left dozens of people injured, some critically.

Brenton Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian white supremacist, was arrested within minutes of the massacre and has been charged with murder.

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New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said last week that the country would cover the costs of burying the 50 victims as well as 'repatriation costs for any family members who would like to move their loved ones away from New Zealand.'