many people attended Wednesday’s service that Akil said guests were invited to throw a small handful each.
Zaid was too weak to hold a shovel, Akil said, so one was taken to him, piled with dirt.
‘It’s their names we need to keep telling’
Zaid stayed to accept condolences before being taken back to Christchurch Hospital, A
kil said. It’s likely to be some time before he’s well enough to return to Cashmere High School, which his brother also attended.
Ardern visited Cashmere High on Wednesday to address the students who’ve been payi
ng tribute to Hamza and another classmate who was killed, Sayyad Milne, 14. Former student Tariq Omar, 24, also died.
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“You know some of the young people who lost their lives on Friday,” Ardern told the students. “It’s their names and their stories we need to keep telling.”
The prime minister invited questions from the assembly. The first was: “How are you?”
“Thank you for asking,” Ardern said. “I’m very sad.”
New Zealand will fall silent for two minutes this Friday to remember the victims of the massacre.
The call to prayer will be also broadcast over national television and radio uniting a country wracked by grief one week on.