Days after the tragedy that occurred in New Zealand, the government have announced that the remains of the 50 worshippers who were killed slain in a twin mosque attack will be released to the families, allowing them to bury them according to Muslim rites.
The dead span generations, aged between three and 77, According to a sombre list circulated among relatives, the ages of those dear spanned from three and 77 year-old.
“It’s a massacre, what else do they need to know?,” said school principal Sheikh Amjad Ali, expressing frustration with the wait for loved ones’ remains.
Islamic custom dictates that the dead should be buried within 24 hours, but strained authorities, desperate to make sure no mistakes are made or the complex investigation harmed, said a quick process was difficult.
“All of the deceased have had a CT scan, their fingerprints are taken, the property they were wearing or had with them is removed,” said Chief Coroner Deborah Marshall, adding that dental impressions were taken and post-mortems performed.”