Christchurch shootings: Husband of woman killed in attack says he forgives NZ mosque gunman
CHRISTCHURCH: A man whose 44-year-old wife was killed in the Christchurch mosque attack as she rushed back in to rescue him said he harbours no hatred toward the gunman, insisting forgiveness is the best path forward.
"I would say to him 'I love him as a person'," Farid Ahmad told AFP.
Asked if he forgave the 28-year-old white supremacist suspect, he said: "Of course. The best thing is forgiveness, generosity, loving and caring positivity."
Husna Ahmed was among 50 people killed in the attack on two mosques on Friday (Mar 15) that were packed for prayers.
When the shooting started, she helped several people escape from the women's and children's hall.
"She was screaming 'come this way, hurry up', and she took many children and ladies towards a safe garden," Ahmad said.
"Then she was coming back [to check on] me, because I was in a wheelchair, and as she was approaching the gate she was shot. She was busy saving lives, forgetting about herself."
Ahmad, 59, who has been confined to a wheelchair since being hit by a drunk driver in 1998, believes he escaped the hail of bullets because the gunman was focused on other targets.
"This guy was shooting one person two, three times, probably that gave some time to us to move out ... even the dead, he was shooting them again."
He did not see his wife when he left the mosque and only learned of her death after somebody photographed her body.
"Her picture was out in the social media, so somebody showed me the picture and I identified [her] quite easily."
Ahmad said if he was able to sit down with the mass murderer he would encourage him to rethink hiPost too long. Click here to view the full text.