Identity of main suspect confirmed
Suspect appears in court and will face further charges, say police
Police helicopters are continuously circling overhead the city, while approximately 100 members of media organisations wait for the accused to appear. Armed police and soldiers are also visible.
The court was scheduled to open at 9am (local time) but has not. Omar Nabi and his brother are waiting to enter the courthouse; Nabi says he needs to see the man who killed his father.
Michael Orczy, the vicar of St Michaelâs church, is standing outside the courthouse after giving mass to parishes across the road. He says New Zealandâs entire religious community stands with their Muslim brothers and sisters and religious violence has no place in the country.
This was an undeniable act of evil. God loves all his children equally. We are all shell-shocked. This is surreal in New Zealand. I have had to rewrite my sermon for Sunday.
We will be with our Muslim brothers and sisters every step of the way. This is an attack on Godâs children. God loves all his children equally. This right-wing element in mellow Christchurch is surreal. I am preaching compassion and peace today. Revenge is never the answer.
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