- Title: Mourners visit makeshift memorial four days after NZ shootings
- Date: 19th March 2019
- Summary: CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND (MARCH 19, 2019) (REUTERS) MAN TAKING OFF GLASSES TO WIPE HIS EYES AT MAKESHIFT MEMORIAL FOR VICTIMS OF MOSQUE SHOOTINGS DRAWING SHOWING A MUSLIM GIRL NEXT TO ANIMAL WOMAN HELPING LITTLE BOY LAY DOWN FLOWERS WOMAN PATTING BACK OF ANOTHER WOMAN WEARING A HEADSCARF VISITORS STANDING WOMAN LOOKING ON VARIOUS OF HAND-WRITTEN NOTES AT MAKESHIFT MEMORIAL (SOUNDBITE) (English) 71-YEAR-OLD RETIRED LAWYER, DAVID JOHN COLLINS, SAYING: "I just think it's so tragic we had to deal with the earthquake, having gone through that, it brought a lot of people together. Now to have this tragedy again, it's just been enormous. But, and I think it has brought all New Zealanders together, not just Canterburians. But, you know, the love that you've seen amongst the people here towards the Muslim community is wonderful, and I think it overrides any evil doing by this man." WOMAN LOOKING AT FLOWERS FLOWERS AND PRINT-OUT NOTE (SOUNDBITE) (English) 71-YEAR-OLD RETIRED LAWYER, DAVID JOHN COLLINS, SAYING: "I think it will bring, I think it will bring, I mean when you look at the different religions in New Zealand and when you look at our Maori people, the great love that they've shown to the Muslims, shows that we are one as a country, and I think that's very important. But I think our gun laws definitely will have to change and they are going to change." FLOWERS VISITORS AT MAKESHIFT MEMORIAL VISITORS LOOKING ON VARIOUS OF AL NOOR MOSQUE POLICE CAR OUTSIDE MOSQUE DOME OF MOSQUE BEHIND TREE POLICE OFFICERS WALKING BEHIND CORDON MOURNERS NEXT TO FLOWER OFFERINGS VARIOUS OF POLICE OFFICER LOOKING ON FLOWERS
- Embargoed: 2nd April 2019 02:10
- Keywords: Christchurch New Zealand Al Noor mosque makeshift memorial Christchurch memorial flower laying New Zealand
- Location: CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND
- City: CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND
- Country: New Zealand
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice,Crime
- Reuters ID: LVA001A6OS47B
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Mourners visited a makeshift memorial and Al Noor mosque on Tuesday (March 19), four days after 50 worshippers were killed in Christchurch.
Piles of flowers and personal notes lined the wall of Christchurch's botanic garden, a location that has become a meeting point for people mourning the recent attack, in a show of solidarity with the city's Muslim community.
Locals and visitors alike came to pay their respects for the victims.
John Collins, a retired lawyer and Christchurch resident said he was moved by the outpour of love towards the Muslim community from all parts of New Zealand, but also demanded that gun laws had to change.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday (March 18) she would announce new gun laws within days.
(Production: Fabian Hamacher)
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