One Family’s Story of Survival and Loss in New Zealand
New Zealand is holding a national day of remembrance today for the 50 people killed in the mosque shootings in Christchurch. Our colleague spent several days with one family of one man who died in the attack.
Those who knew Atta Elayyan tell the story of a generous, patient man with a winning smile, a peacemaker. “Atta was an angel,” said Mr. Elayyan’s wife, Farah Talal. “Honestly, not because he was my husband. He was too good to be true.”
They were a dairy farmer, a pilot, a high school student, a soccer player. Some were born and raised in New Zealand, and others came from Pakistan, India, Malaysia or Indonesia. Here’s what we know about the victims of the shooting.
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Charlotte Graham-McLay contributed reporting.
“One Family’s Story of Survival and Loss in New Zealand” was produced by Lynsea Garrison, with help from Theo Balcomb, and edited by Lisa Tobin.
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