Brothers Omar and Yama Nabi, whose 71-year-old father was shot dead in the Christchurch mosques massacre, have described the alleged shooter as “heartless and cowardly”.
Both brothers were late to Friday prayer but their father Haji Daoud Nabi was on time and was shot at the Al Noor mosque on Dean’s Avenue, in the first alleged shooting rampage which killed 41 of the total 49 dead.
Omar Nabi said that his father, who had emigrated from Afghanistan more than 30 years ago, had worked hard as an entrepreneur and lived peacefully in Christchurch before the assault.
The brothers were running late doing errands for their respective businesses in the city.
Standing outside Christchurch District Court where Australian man Brenton Harrison Tarrant appeared in a Christchurch court on a murder charge today, Yama Nabi said he wanted “to see his face”.
More victims of the Christchurch massacre have started to be named, as loved ones continue to search for the missing and strangers open their hearts and their wallets to help.
Victims were from across the Muslim world, with Turkey, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Malaysia among the countries rendering consular assistance.
One Saudi citizen was killed and another wounded, according to Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya television news channel.
At least two Jordanians were among the dead, according to that country’s foreign minister, while Pakistan foreign ministry spokesman Mohammed Faisal said five citizens of his country were missing.
Indian man Ahmed Jehangir is fighting for his life in hospital, a family friend said, and has pleaded for support so his brother, Iqbal Jehangir can fly to New Zealand to be with him.
All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) president Asaduddin Owaisi said Farhaj Ahsan, a person of Indian origin, was also reported to have gone to the same mosque and is currently missing.
Farhaj Ahsan, a person of Indian origin, was also reported to have gone to the same mosque and is currently missing. His family in Hyderabad, I request immediate assistance to his family as well. His family’s contact details are available with me & I’ll share the same with you. pic.twitter.com/KYwBcs2yTM
— Asaduddin Owaisi (@asadowaisi) March 15, 2019
Kamel Darwish is missing after attending Friday prayers at the Deans Ave mosque, his brother Zuahair Darwish said.
After going to the scene he was directed by police to Christchurch Hospital, but he could not find Kamel there so returned to the mosque on Friday night.
Brothers Zaid and Hamza Mustafa, who are students at Cashmere High School, were at the mosque in Deans Avenue when the shooting occurred, principal Mark Wilson said.
The boys, in years 9 and 12, are in hospital, though the extent of their injuries is unclear.
A third boy from the school was unaccounted for, Mr Wilson said.
Sheikh Hasan Rubel was shot and is in hospital, according to his friend Helal Uddin, president of the Bangladesh Club. His condition is unknown.
Pakistan’s foreign ministry says four Pakistanis were wounded in the mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, and five others are missing.
Meanwhile Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says at least three Turkish citizens were injured in attacks.
Abdi Ibrahim was at the Deans Ave mosque with his father and three-year-old brother Mucad Ibrahim when the shooting started.
Mr Ibrahim got out of the mosque while his father pretended he was dead after he was shot and also fled the scene. No one had seen Mucad since the shooting, his brother said.
Australian Brenton Tarrant has been identified as the shooter who killed at least 49 people at two mosques in Christchurch.
It comes as strangers from around the world dug deep to provide financial assistance to the victims and their families.
So far $400,000 has been raised through a Give a Little page in just a matter of hours with that figure rising quickly.
Originally published as Families share faces of NZ victims