Preparations for funeral of victims of Christchurch massacre begins
March 18, 2019 1:34 pm
Bodies of the victims from the Christchurch mosque massacre are expected to be released to the families this week for burial.
New Zealand’s High Commissioner to Fiji, Jonathan Curr says their security agencies are working around the clock to ensure is done as soon as possible.
FBC News understands that the bodies may be released as early as Wednesday this week, four days since the mass shooting at the two mosques.
“New Zealand Police has been working very hard to meet our legislative requirements and obligations to the Chief Coroner for disaster victim identification and to release the bodies of the deceased to their families as soon as possible so that Muslim burial rites can be performed consistent with Islamic custom.”
In Christchurch, preparations have begun for the mass funeral for many of the victims who resided there.
The death toll from the Christchurch terrorist attack currently stands at 50 with 34 in hospital, 12 of whom New Zealand media report are critical.
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