- Title: Thousands gather to remember victims of Christchurch shooting
- Date: 24th March 2019
- Summary: CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND (MARCH 24, 2019) (REUTERS) TIMELAPSE OF PEOPLE GATHERING FOR VIGIL IN NORTH HAGLEY PARK (MUTE) VARIOUS OF PEOPLE SITTING PERSON STANDING NEXT TO NEW ZEALAND FLAG WOMEN WEARING HEADSCARVES, LISTENING TO VIGIL LINWOOD MOSQUE IMAM LATEEF ALABI LEADING CALL TO PRAYER MUSLIM WOMAN CRYING (SOUNDBITE) (English, Maori) LINWOOD MOSQUE IMAM, LATEEF ALABI, SAYING: "Brothers and sisters, and my elders sitting here, (this) will never, never separate us, and will never, never let us down. This is New Zealand, we believe in love, love, love, love." PRESIDENT OF UNIVERSITY OF CANTERBURY MUSLIM ASSOCIATION, BARIZ SHAH, WALKING TO PODIUM BOY SITTING ON MOTHER'S LAP, HOLDING SIGN READING (English): "WE ARE UNITED" WOMEN WEARING HEADSCARVES AND SITTING (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRESIDENT OF UNIVERSITY OF CANTERBURY MUSLIM ASSOCIATION, BARIZ SHAH, SAYING: "I want to thank our Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for her empathy towards the families who have been affected, her empathy is one of a mother's, a sister's and a daughter's. She is the true definition of a leader."
- Embargoed: 7th April 2019 09:31
- Keywords: Christchurch prayers mosque attack Christchurch shooting mass shooting vigil Hagley park Christchurch vigil shooting
- Location: CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND
- City: CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND
- Country: New Zealand
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice
- Reuters ID: LVA001A7DPZD3
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- Story Text:About 15,000 people gathered in North Hagley Park in Christchurch early on Sunday (March 24) evening to remember the victims of New Zealand's worst mass shooting.
A lone gunman, a suspected white supremacist, killed 50 worshippers last week at two mosques in the city during Friday prayers. The slaughter has rocked Christchurch to its core, blanketing the city in grief.
As armed police stood guard on Sunday, the vigil kicked off with Lateef Alabi, an imam of Linwood mosque, where seven people were killed, leading a call to prayer. Various songs and speeches calling for love and unity to prevail followed.
Most of the victims of the shooting were migrants or refugees and their deaths reverberated around the Islamic world.
(Production: Fabian Hamacher, Jill Gralow, Natasha Howitt)
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