Graves prepared as NZ looks to bury mosque massacre dead

19 March, 2019 12:00 AM printer

CHRISTCHURCH: Doz-ens of graves were being dug in a Christchurch cemetery on Monday for the 50 worshippers killed in two mosque attacks, as families clamoured for the return of their dead, reports AFP.

Coroners said they hoped to let grieving relatives fulfil Islamic burial customs soon, but insisted they had to move carefully through their investigation into the horrific multiple murder.

As New Zealand grappled to come to terms with the slaughter—the worst attack on Muslims in a Western country in modern times—tales of heroism, suffering and incredible grace emerged.

Farid Ahmad, whose 44-year-old wife Husna was killed as she rushed back into a mosque to rescue him, refused to harbour hatred toward the alleged gunman, Australian-born, self-avowed white nationalist, Brenton Tarrant. 

“I would say to him ‘I love him as a person’,” Ahmad, who uses a wheelchair, told AFP.

Asked if he forgave the 28-year-old suspect, who is being held in custody after appearing in court, he said: “Of course. The best thing is forgiveness, generosity, loving and caring, positivity.”