First Funerals for Victims of New Zealand Mosque Attack Under Way
The first two people to be buried after last week’s mosque attacks that killed 50 in the New Zealand city of Christchurch were a father, Khalid Mustafa, 44, and his son, Hamza Mustafa, 15.
As New Zealand police continue to work with families to positively identify those slain in last Friday’s attack at two Christchurch mosques, members of the community buried their dead Wednesday and pressed forward with their lives.
“The process to reunite the victims with their loved ones, this is for us an absolute priority – for family reasons, for compassionate reasons and for cultural reasons. That’s progressing very well, it was our intention to do what we could to complete that by today, we are making very good progress,” said New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush. He added, “As of last night at 11:30pm, twenty-one of those victims had been formally identified and were being made available to release to their loved ones.”