The Victims Of The Christchurch Terror Attack And Their Stories

As police continue to piece together how New Zealand's "darkest day" unfolded, stories of the victims are beginning to emerge.

As of midday Sunday, authorities confirmed 50 people were killed in the terror attack when a gunman, allegedly 28-year-old Australian Brenton Tarrant, opened fire on two mosques in the city of Christchurch.

New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said while a list of victims' names had been compiled "to give some certainty to victim's families", the formal identification process was ongoing.

  • As of midday on Sunday, 50 others were injured in the attack, 36 of whom remain in Christchurch Hospital
  • Twelve of those being treated at Christchurch Hospital are in a critical condition
  • Most of the injured are men aged in their 30s and 40s
  • The youngest of the injured are a toddler and a teenage boy, as well as a four-year-old girl who was flown to an Auckland children's hospital on Saturday
Mucad Ibrahim, 3

At just three years old, Mucad Ibrahim is thought to be the youngest victim of the attack.

Mucad was with his father and older brother Abdi at the Al Noor mosque in the city's centre when the gunman opened fire on quiet worshippers.

Mucad Ibrahim.

Mucad was lost in the melee as Abdi fled for his life and his father, who was shot, pretended to be dead. Mucad hasn't been seen since.

The NZ Herald reported the toddler's family searched at Christchurch Hospital, later posting a photograph of him, smiling with his brother.

'Verily, we belong to God and to Him we shall return. Will miss you dearly brother," the family wrote.

Sayyad Milne, 14

Fourteen-year-old Sayyad Milne was described as a good-natured, kind teenager with bright dreams of becoming an international footballer.

The high school student was at the Al Noor mosque he attended with his mother and friends every Friday, the NZ Herald reports.

While the family is awaiting official confirmation of their son's death, his father John Milne told New Zealand outlet NZME through tears: "I've lost my little boy, he's just turned 14."

Image: Sayyad Milne

Milne described his son as his "brave little soldier".

"It's so hard ... to see him just gunned down by someone who didn't care about anyone or anything," he said.

"I know where he is. I know he's at peace."

The family is understood to be awaiting official confirmation of their son's death.

Khaled Mustafa

Syrian man Khaled Mustafa and his two sons, Hamza, 16, and Zaid, 13, were praying at the Deans Avenue mosque in central Christchurch when the gunman opened fire.

Syrian Solidarity New Zealand spokesman Ali Akil confirmed Khaled died in the attack, while Hamza was missing, feared dead, and Zaid was in Christchurch Hospital.

Mustafa’s wife and daughter, who were not at the mosque on Friday, were in "total shock, devastation and horror," Akil said.

He said the family had "survived atrocities" in their home country, and "arrived here in a safe haven only to be killed in the most atrocious way".

"They were just looking for a safe place. Unfortunately we can't claim that New Zealand is a safe place anymore," he said.

Naeem Rashid, 50, and Tahla Rashid, 21

Naeem Rashid was a teacher in Christchurch, originally from Pakistan.

In video of the attack at the Al Noor mosque, he can be seen at one point attempting to wrestle the gunman.

Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) confirmed both his death and that of his 21-year-old son Tahla.

Father Naeem Rashid, (L) pictured with his son Tahla. Image: Family handout
Haji Daoud, 71

Yama Nabi was running 10 minutes late for prayer on Friday. When he arrived at Masjid Al Noor Mosque, he realised something was wrong.

As he walked towards his place of worship he heard people screaming, saw the bodies of people both dead and wounded and smelt terror in the air.

Police stopped him entering the mosque, but outside a family friend, told him, "your father saved my life. Your father saved my life."

But Nabi's father Afghan refugee Haji Daoud Nabi, 71, was nowhere to be found. He started watching the alleged killer's Facebook video until he spotted his father lying dead on his back.

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Nabi's father Haji. Image: Facebook/Haji Daoud Nabi.

Yama Nabi and his brother Omar Nabi told media the story of their father's death as they waited outside Christchurch District Court on Saturday ahead the hearing of their father's alleged killer.

They believe their father moved to shield people from the spray of bullets, and in doing so, lost this life.

Other reports say Nabi welcomed the alleged shooter at the door of the mosque saying "welcome brother" (which can be heard in the shooter's footage) before he was killed.

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An area in the Christchurch Botanical Gardens has been set aside for people to lay floral tributes for the people who lost their lives.

The area was chosen because it's close to Christchurch Hospital, bringing together victims and members of the public in solidarity against extremism.

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Mourners can lay flowers at Christchurch Botanical Gardens. Image: Getty Images.

This post will continue to be updated as more victims' stories emerge.