Nearly 40,000 people filled Christchurch’s Hagley Park on Saturday evening, according to local officials, almost 10 days after a suspected white supremacist attacked the Al Noor and Linwood mosques.
The March 15 massacre marked the worst mass shooting in New Zealand’s recent history and was branded a “terrorist attack” by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
Saturday’s ceremony was the latest in a series of remembrance events and included speeches, singing and moments of silence. Members of the Muslim and indigenous Maori communities were among the participants.
Linwood mosque’s imam, Alabi Lateef Zirullah, began the event with an Islamic prayer.
The names of the 50 worshippers