Saturday, May 25th, 2019
  
 

Christchurch victims from all walks of life and corners of globe

Naeem Rashid, aged in his 40s, tried to wrest the gun from the shooter at Al Noor mosque. He is believed to have died in Christchurch Hospital.

His son Talha Naeem, 21, also died in the shooting.

Husna Ahmed, 44, was killed when she returned to the Al Noor mosque to check on her husband Farid, after getting some children to safety. Farid said his wife was a “very courageous and caring” person and a “dedicated wife”.

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Haji-Daoud Nabi, 71, ran the Afghan Association in Christchurch. He was shot and killed as he tried to shield another person inside the Al Noor mosque, according to his son Omar Nabi.

Mucad Ibrahim, 3, was with his father and brother at the mosque when the shooting started. Mucad was “energetic, playful and liked to smile and laugh a lot”, his brother Abdi Ibrahim said.

Mucad Ibrahim

Ramiz Arifbhai Vora, 28, and his father Arifbhai Mohamedali Vora, 58, were originally from Gujurat, India.

Ramiz and his wife had just had their first child, a baby daughter, in the week before the attack.

Khaled Alhaj Mustafa, 45, was a Syrian who arrived in New Zealand with his family only a few months ago. His eldest son Hamza, 16, also died. Khaled’s youngest son Zaid, 13, was among the injured, recovering in Christchurch Hospital after a six-hour operation.

Abdullahi Dirie, 4, was the youngest in the family. His father Adan was also shot, while four of his siblings escaped unharmed. Abdullahi was born in New Zealand after his family fled Somalia in the mid-1990s.

Linda Armstrong, 65, regularly helped families who had fled war-torn countries to settle into a new life in New Zealand.

Linda Armstrong.

Her nephew Kyron Goose said his aunty “had a huge heart”.

“She would tell me stories about Ramadan when all the families would come together at the mosque sharing homemade meals and having a feast, laughing and chatting with her friends,” he said.

“Even though the attack was so horrific it does bring me some peace that she was surrounded by her second family, and in the arms of someone who loved her.”

Zeehan Raza, 38, was a mechanical engineer who moved to New Zealand from Pakistan last year.

He lived in Auckland before moving to Christchurch for work in December.

Raza and his parents Ghulam Hussain and Karam Bibi, who were visiting Christchurch from Karachi, were killed at the Linwood mosque.

Atta Elayyan, 33, was the goalkeeper for the New Zealand and Canterbury men’s futsal teams. Born in Kuwait, he was a popular member of the Christchurch tech industry and recently became a father.

Ansi Alibava, 25, arrived in New Zealand from India last February to pursue a Master of Agribusiness Management at Lincoln University.

Ansi Alibava

She completed her degree last week, and was eagerly preparing for her graduation ceremony in May.

Her husband Abdul Nazer Ponnath Hamsa, who was with her in the Al Noor mosque, said she worked part-time as an intern at Lincoln Agritech and at Kmart Riccarton.

“The life Ansi and I had together, the plans we made, the family we hoped to build here, all vanished in a moment of senseless anti-immigrant rage,” he said.

Mojammel Hoq, 30, was from Bangladesh. He had been in Christchurch for more than three years and worked in healthcare.

Mojammel Hoq.

He planned to return home to Bangladesh in September to marry his girlfriend, start a family and open a dental clinic for those less fortunate. Abdul Hai said Hoq, his cousin, was “a friend and brother” to him.

“He was such a nice human being; he was humble and competent. He always appreciated all kinds of people … [this has] left a big hole in our hearts.”

Sayyad Milne, 14, was described as a kind teenager with dreams of being an international footballer. His half-sister Brydie Henry said he was a sporty teenager and an “all-round good guy”.

Junaid Ismail, 36, was at the mosque with his twin brother, who managed to escape with his wife. Ismail’s cousin Javed Dadabhai said he left behind a wife, three young children and a mother who relied on him to care for her. “I couldn’t find a more softly spoken, shy, beautiful personality.”

Musa Vali Suleman Patel, 60, was visiting Christchurch to see his son.

Musa Vali Suleman Patel

The former imam of the Lautoka Fiji mosque was described by Lautoka Muslim League president Naved Khan as a “selfless” leader of the Fiji Muslim League.

“Hafiz Musa was a highly respected member of the Fiji Muslim League and served selflessly as an Imam, teacher, mentor and was much sought after as a powerful orator and speaker.”

Hussein Moustafa, 70, was originally from Egypt. His daughter-in-law Nada Tawfeek said he was “the kindest father-in-law a girl could ask for”.

“I don’t think anyone has ever seen him in a bad mood. He loved the mosque, he loved tidying it, he loved nourishing it and he was always a welcoming face there.

“He was always joking, always happy, always positive. He trusted people’s goodwill and wouldn’t hurt a soul.”

Ali Elmadani, 65, was a retired Christchurch engineer who emigrated from the United Arab Emirates in 1998.

His daughter Maha Elmadani said her mother was staying as strong as possible, but her younger brother wasn’t doing too well with the news.

“My dad always told us to be strong and patient, so that’s what we are all trying to do. For his sake.”

Farhaj Ahsan, 30, was a father of two children aged under three. His uncle Idris Ansari said Ahsan had worked as a software engineer in Christchurch.

“He was definitely a very nice gentleman. We are shocked,” Ansari said.

Kamel Darwish.

Kamel Darwish, 38, immigrated to New Zealand from Jordan about six months ago to join his older brother Zuhair, who had been in New Zealand since 2007.

Kamel’s wife and three young children had applied for a visa to join Kamel.

“He was very honest and caring,” Zuhair said.

Amjad Hamid, 57, was a senior medical officer and rural hospital consultant at Hawera Hospital, Taranaki.

He was well liked for his kindness, compassion and sense of humour, and often brought fresh baklava from a bakery in Christchurch for everyone when he returned to Hawera Hospital.

Haroon Mahmood, 40, was a father of two who worked in banking in Pakistan before tutoring in economics and statistics at Lincoln University and lecturing in business at Linguis International in Christchurch. He joined Canterbury College in 2017.

Hussein Al-Umari, 35, worked in the travel industry and was a regular at the mosque. Hussein’s family moved to New Zealand from the United Arab Emirates 22 years ago.

Muhammed Abdusi Samad, 66, was from Bangladesh. He was a lecturer at Lincoln University and frequently led prayers at the Al Noor mosque.

Mohammed Imran Khan, 47, was known as Imran Bhai to family and friends. He owned Indian Grill restaurant and two other businesses in Christchurch.

Mounir Soliman, 68, was from Egypt. He had been a design engineer and quality manager at Scotts Engineering Co Ltd Christchurch since 1997.

Abdukadir Elmi, 70, was a father of four who arrived in Christchurch with his family about seven years ago from Somalia and settled in Halswell.

Maheboob Allarakha Khokhar, 65, was from Ahmedabad, India. He was due to return home on Sunday after visiting his son Imran Khokhar.

Tariq Omar.

Tariq Omar, 24, was remembered as a kind and humble person who excelled at sport.

Abdelfattah Qasem, 60, was born in Palestine and was The Muslim Association’s former secretary.

Osama Adnan Abu Kwik, 37, was a Palestinian from the Gaza Strip, in the process of applying for New Zealand citizenship.

Lilik Abdul Hamid, 58, was a father of two from Medan, Indonesia.

Mohammed Omar Faruk, 36, was from Bangledesh.

Ozair Kadir, 24, was a pilot from Hyderabad, India.

Musa Nur Awale, 77, was from Somalia.

Ahmad Gamaluddin Abdel Ghani, 68, and Ashraf al-Morsi were from Egypt.

Syed Jahandad Ali, 43, Syed Areeb Ahmed, 26, and Sohail Shahid were from Pakistan.

Mohsen Al Harbi, 63, was from Saudi Arabia.

Ashraf Ali, 61, was from Fiji.

Mathullah Safi, 55, was from Afghanistan.

Zakaria Bhuiyan, from Bangladesh, was about to move to Auckland to take-up an engineering job. He is missing, feared dead.

Benjamin Millar is a reporter for The Age.