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Commemoration for 1st Anniversary of Christchurch Mosque Massacre in New Zealand Canceled Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

HeadlineMar 16, 2020

In New Zealand, as communities across the country mourn the first anniversary of the Christchurch mosque massacre, a commemoration for the victims that was expected to draw large crowds was canceled over the weekend over fears of spreading the coronavirus. A smaller crowd still came together to sing and dance in honor of the 51 dead and dozens wounded.

On March 15, 2019, a white supremacist terrorist attacked Muslim worshipers in two mosques during Friday prayers using an assault rifle. The suspect has since been charged with the murder of 51 people, 40 counts of attempted murder and one terrorism charge. His trial is expected to start this summer.

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