New Brunswick

Victims of Christchurch attacks remembered at Saint John memorial

A memorial for the victims of the Christchurch mosque shootings was held Saturday afternoon at the Saint John mosque.

The ceremony honoured the 50 people who were killed on March 15

A memorial was held in Saint John on Saturday for 50 people killed in an attack at two mosques in New Zealand. (Google Earth)

A memorial for the victims of the Christchurch mosque shootings in New Zealand was held Saturday afternoon at the Muslim Association of New Brunswick in Saint John on 1100 Rothesay Road.

Fifty worshippers were killed by a gunman who opened fire at two mosques in New Zealand on March 15.

Abid Sheikh, the spiritual leader and imam at the Saint John mosque, said he didn't know what to say or do when he found out about the shooting.

"Finally, when it sank in, it meant my whole world was just torn to pieces," he said.  

"It has happened and we have to accept it has happened and there is nothing we can do right now, except offer prayers for those who have lost their lives."

Abid Sheikh is the spirtual leader and imam at the mosque. Abdul Rahimi is president of the Muslim Association of New Brunswick. The memorial for victims of the New Zealand attacks starts at 2 p.m. Saturday at 1100 Rothesay Road. 13:36

The event was open to the public.

With files from Information Morning Saint John