Children, parents, grandparents. The identities of some of those killed in the deadly shootings at two New Zealand mosques have emerged. According to reports, many died as heroes.
The death toll from the terror attack on two mosques in Christchurch has risen to 50 people as residents flocked to memorial sites and churches across the city Sunday to lay flowers and mourn the victims.
As the horror and heartbreak remains raw for those immediately impacted by the acts of terror, the world is struggling to comprehend the atrocities.
New Zealand police have not yet made public a list of the attack victims, but he names and identities of some of the people who lost their lives in Friday's terror attack have been revealed.
Who were the victims?
They include young children who were at the mosque to pray with their parents, a teenager who dreamed of becoming a footballer, a teacher, refugees who had found a new home in New Zealand, and nationals from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.
Mucad Ibrahim, three
According to reports, Mucad Ibrahim, three, died in his father's arms.
The toddler, believed to be the youngest victim of the massacre, was with his father and older brother Abdi at the Al Noor mosque on Deans Avenue when the gunman opened fire.
Abdi, who is in his twenties, told NZ news outlet Stuff.co.nz that his father pretended to be dead after being shot, but Abdi couldn't find Mucad as he fled the scene. The family, in vain, searched for Mucad at Christchurch hospital.
He described his younger brother as "energetic, playful and liked to smile and laugh a lot".
The family later posted a photo of Mucad with Abdi, with the caption including the message: "I am to God and to him we shall return".
Abdullahi Dirie, four
The four-year-old was at the mosque with his father and four older siblings. Abdullahi Dirie's family were able to flee the melee, but Abdullahi was caught in the crossfire. His uncle, 60-year-old Abdulrahman Hashi, told journalists that the young boy suffered gunshot wounds and later died in hospital.
“You cannot imagine how I feel,” he told the Washington Post.
“He was the youngest in the family.
The family fled Somalia in the mid-1990s as refugees. New Zealand had been their home for more than 20 years.
Sayyad Milne, 14
Sayyad Milne dreamed of one day being a footballer, and has been described as a "good-natured" and "kind" teenager.
The high school student was at the Al Noor mosque for Friday prayers when the attack began.
His grieving father, John Milne, described his son to local reporters through tears.
“I’ve lost my little boy, he’s just turned 14 ... I remember him as my baby who I nearly lost when he was born," Mr Milne said.
"He’s very brave. It’s so hard … to see him just gunned down by someone who didn’t care about anyone or anything. I know where he is. I know he’s at peace.”
"He was a loving and kind brother and will be greatly missed," added his sister, Cahaya.
Husna Ahmed, 45
Mrs Ahmed was reportedly killed after rushing inside the mosque to check on her husband.
She was in the women's section of the mosque when she heard the gunfire. After reportedly helping some children escape, she went inside to protect her wheelchair-bound husband, Farid Ahmed.
Mr Ahmed told SBS News his wife died a hero.
"This missing is not just going to be for one day, it is going to be for the rest of my life," he said.
"But on the other hand I feel proud of her because she was courageous - she was in bad situation, she was trying to help some other ladies."
Daoud Nabi, 71
Mr Nabi had lived in Christchurch for more than 40 years, after escaping the Soviet-Afghan war in Afghanistan in 1977, and seeking asylum in New Zealand.
His son, Omar, confirmed his death, and told Al-Jazeera that his father had preached the importance of unity just days before the shooting.
"My father said how important it is to spread love and unity among each other, and protect every member of the society we live in," Omar Nabi said.
Naeem Rashid and Talha Rashid
Naeem Rashid, 50, and son Talha, 21, were both killed inside the Al Noor mosque. Naeem Rashid is seen on the
He is being remembered as a hero.
"He was a brave person, and I've heard from a few people there, there were few witnesses. They've said he saved a few lives there by trying to stop that guy," brother Khurshid Alam told the BBC.
Pakistan's Ministry of Public Affairs confirmed both their deaths in a tweet.
Naeem Rashid was a teacher in Christchurch and was from Abbottabad, Pakistan. Talha Rashid was 11 when his family moved to New Zealand. He reportedly had a new job and was set to get married.
Junaid Mortara, 35
Junaid Mortara owned a local convenience store, which he inherited from his father, and was a staple in the community. The 35-year-old has been remembered as a "gentle" man who supported his mother, wife and three young children.
Mr Mortara was killed in the attack on the Al Noor mosque. His store has been covered in flowers.
He was an avid cricket fan, and loved the Canterbury cricket club.
Syed Areeb Ahmed
Syed Areeb Ahmed had recently moved from Pakistan for a job in New Zealand, to support his family.
The Pakistani foreign ministry informed his family that Mr Ahmed was among those killed.
He has been described as a deeply religious man who valued education.
"He had done charted accountancy from Pakistan," recalled his uncle Muhammad Muzaffar Khan.
"He was the only son to his parents. He had only one younger sister ... He had only started his career, but the enemies took his life."
Farhaj Ahsan, 30
Farhaj Ahsan was a software engineer from Hyderabad, India. He moved to New Zealand six years ago.
He was married with a three-year-old daughter and infant son.
"We received the disturbing news," Mr Ahsan's father, Mohammed Sayeeduddin told the the Mumbai Mirror.
Friends and family had been trying to reach Ahsan since the attack was first reported. He is believed to have been inside the mosque when the gunman entered.
It is with a heavy heart that I have to inform that Farhaj Ahsan, one of the two Hyderabadi #ChristChurch victims has passed away. He’s left behind his parents, spouse & children
I request everyone to pray for Farhaj & his family, as they deal with this great difficulty