CANBERRA (NEW ZEALAND) – New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern joined hundreds of people in Christchurch on Saturday to observe the two-year anniversary of the country’s worst mass murder.
Australian Brenton Tarrant killed 51 people and injured dozens more when he levelled fire on Muslim worshippers at the two mosques on March 15, 2019. The attack was livestreamed on Facebook before being arrested.
Ardern said the service, which included speeches from survivors and the family and friends of those killed, could help them heal from the harrowing experiences of the attack.
Ardern told those at the service in Christchurch, “While words cannot perform miracles, they do have the power to heal. That means we must use them wisely. To our Muslim community, that means using our voices and words to acknowledge the loss that was yours.”
Tarrant was last year sentenced life in prison without parole, marking the first time New Zealand has put anyone in confinement for the rest of their life.