This handout picture released by the office of New Zealand Prime Minister shows New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern meeting with the representatives of the refugee centre during a visit to the Canterbury Refugee Centre in Christchurch on March 16, 2019.
Members of New Zealand's Muslim Association in Auckland travelled to Christchurch to help with Muslim funeral rites, which consists of washing the bodies, wrapping them in white cloth and moving them to the cemetery.
Police said they were aware of a video shared online and broadcast live during the attack, which apparently showed a gunman walking into a mosque and opening fire.
Police said three people were in custody including a man in his late 20s who's been charged with murder.
At a news conference on Saturday afternoon local time, New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said authorities would release more information on the victims soon.
"For them to come to what they thought was a safe country and end up facing a shocking incident like this is really sad to hear", says Mark Greenhill, news director for New Zealand's news website Stuff.
Omar Nabi said his father Haji-Daoud Nabi, 71, who moved to New Zealand from Afghanistan 30 years ago, was among those killed the Deans Ave Mosque in Christchurch yesterday. One person died in hospital. "I saw lots of broken glass and bricks on the backside of the mosque", he said.
She also says New Zealand will make "weekly compensation" available to victims' dependents on an ongoing basis.
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Armed police were deployed at several locations in all cities, unusual in a country where levels of gun violence are low.
"The offender was in possession of a gun licence", Ardern said.
She is calling for gun reform in the wake of the killings.
None of those arrested had a criminal history or were on watchlists in New Zealand or Australia. Story continues after video.
On Monday, government officials plan to hold a cabinet meeting which will "focus on the ease with which legal weapons can be modified to become military-style assault rifles, which are more strictly controlled". The news organization reported the manager of a gym where Tarrant was employed said he began traveling overseas in 2011.
The AR-15 was used at Port Arthur, as well as a number of high-profile mass shootings in the United States.
The Pacific Islands Association of non-governmental Organisations (PIANGO) also expressed its "heartfelt grief and sorrow" over the attacks. "Prince Philip and I send our condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives". She was shot in the face, the abdomen and the leg. Al-Daraghmeh told the station that his brother was also wounded and remained in stable condition.
"Those decisions have yet to be taken, but the Prime Minister has signaled that we are going to look at that issue", Parker told Radio New Zealand.
Pence also affirmed USA cooperation in ensuring all the perpetrators were brought to justice.