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Three Fijian nationals killed in Christchurch massacre laid to rest

March 21, 2019 5:05 pm
The funeral of Imam Hafiz Musa Patel at the Manukau Memorial Gardens. [Source: Dean Purcell]

Three Fijian nationals who were killed during the Christchurch massacre have finally been laid to rest six days later.

Thousands of people attended the funeral of Pesh Iman of Lautoka Jame Masjid Hafiz Musa Patel at the Manukau Memorial Gardens in Auckland this afternoon.

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Imam Patel’s body was carried into the funeral grounds by a large group of men.

Patel was the chief priest at Lautoka Jame Masjid for about 25 years.

According to the NZ Herald, the crowd was so large it overflowed from the designated funeral and prayer area.


Mourners at the funeral of Imam Hafiz Musa Patel at Manukau Memorial Gardens [Source: Dean Purcell]

61-year-old Ashraf Ali who was killed during the Christchurch shooting was laid to rest earlier today.

Ali was living in New Zealand for seventeen years.

He was also a regular worshipper and had gone to the Al Noor Mosque in Deans Ave, Christchurch for Jumaah prayers when he was shot.

His body was released earlier today, six days after the horrendous shooting which claimed fifty lives.

Meanwhile, 58-year-old Ashraf Ali who was killed in the terror attack a week after arriving into New Zealand was buried by family member’s yesterday afternoon.

He was a regular worshipper and on the day of the shooting, he had accompanied his brother to the Al Noor Mosque in Deans Avenue in Christchurch.

Ali lost his wife less than a year ago.

He is survived by his daughter who lives abroad.

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