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Burials begin for New Zealand mosque shooting victims

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Burials begin for New Zealand mosque shooting victims

Burials begin for New Zealand mosque shooting victims

The bodies of two victims from New Zealand's mosques mass shooting were carried in open caskets on the shoulders of mourners into a large tent at Christchurch's Memorial Park Cemetery - the first burials of the 50 victims. Grace Lee reports.

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Burials begin for New Zealand mosque shooting victims

A father and son both wrapped in white.

These are the first of fifty victims to be buried after New Zealand's deadly shooting.

On Wednesday (March 20), the two were carried in open caskets on the shoulder of mourners to their freshly dug graves in a Christchurch cemetary, and laid to face Mecca.

Heavily armed police stood watch but with flowers tucked into their revolver holsters and rifles.

In Islam, bodies are usually buried within 24 hours, but there have been delays as police continue their investigation into Friday's events.

New Zealand's worst mass shooting has been called a terror attack by New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

She visited a Christchurch high school on Wednesday, where two boys had been killed in the attack.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) NEW ZEALAND PRIME MINISTER JACINDA ARDERN SAYING: "It is ok to grieve.

It is ok to ask for help, even if you weren't directly effected.

These things, these images that people are seeing they are really difficult to process." Ardern has promised tough new gun laws which could ban semi-automatic weapons and make buying a gun harder.

On Saturday, Australian Breton Tarrant, a suspected white supremecist was charged with murder.

Ardern has refused to mention the alleged shooter's name and repeated that message on Wednesday, saying that he does not deserve publicity.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) NEW ZEALAND PRIME MINISTER JACINDA ARDERN SAYING: "You know some of the young people who lost their lives on Friday.

It's their names and their stories that we need to keep telling.

And it's them that we need to honour." The suspect is due back in court on April 5th, where police say he's likely to face more charges.

New Zealand's global police chief says global intelligence agencies including from Australia - Canada - Britain and the U.S. were building up a profile of the alleged shooter.




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