Father and son who fled Syria the first #NewZealandShooting victims to be buried

By Associated Press Time of article published Mar 20, 2019

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Christchurch, New Zealand - A father and son who fled the civil war in Syria for "the safest country in the world" have been buried before hundreds of mourners, the first funerals for victims of shootings at two mosques in New Zealand that horrified a nation known for being welcoming and diverse.

The funerals Wednesday of 44-year-old Khalid Mustafa and 15-year-old Hamza Mustafa came five days after a white supremacist methodically gunned down 50 worshippers at two mosques in Christchurch — a massacre that he broadcast live on Facebook.

Security personnel walk on the site of funeral services in Christchurch, New Zealand for two victims from last week’s mosque shootings. Picture: Mark Baker/AP

Hamza's high school principal described the student as compassionate and hardworking and said he was an excellent horse rider who aspired to be a veterinarian.


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