On Friday, tragedy struck New Zealand as a gunman opened fire in Christchurch claiming the lives of 50 victims and injuring 50 more.
The unprecedented terrorist attack is said to be the deadliest mass killing in New Zealand since 1943. Tributes for the victims and their families have been pouring in from around the world.
On Sunday, a New Zealand biker gang honored those lives lost in the Christchurch shootings by performing a ceremonial Haka dance.
The Haka is a traditional dance of the M?ori people who are indigenous to New Zealand and the country’s second-largest ethnic group. This ceremonial dance is reserved for important occasions including funerals.
Messages of support for the Muslim community continue to pour in from around the globe.
My heart is filled with sorrow as I confirm the deaths of the following Pakistanis who embraced Shahadat in the horrific terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand. To their families, I express my deepest sympathies and promise to facilitate them to the best of our abilities. pic.twitter.com/cQkzYg9gWX— Shah Mahmood Qureshi (@SMQureshiPTI) March 16, 2019
The attacks targeted members of the Muslim community as they gathered at the mosques for Friday worship.
On Monday, the New Zealand government cabinet will convene to discuss altering the country’s gun laws.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the time has come for these laws to change.
“While work is being done as to the chain of events that lead to both the holding of this gun license and the possession of these weapons, I can tell you one thing right now — our gun laws will change,” Ardern told reporters on Saturday.
“It’s the time for change,” said Ardern.