Mother of New Zealand shooting victim dies of broken heart hours after son’s funeral

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Barely hours after her son’s funeral, the mother of one of the Muslims killed in a Christchurch mosque shooting has died of a broken heart.

Mourners offer funeral prayers for Syed Areeb Ahmed, a Pakistani victim of the Al Noor Mosque attack in New Zealand, during his funeral in Karachi

38-year-old Kamel Darwish, a father-of-three, was killed when a gunman opened fire on at two mosques in the southern New Zealand city of Christchurch, killing 49 people. Read our earlier report about the shooting through this link

Kamel’s funeral was held on Friday. His mother, Saud Abdelfattah Mhaisen Adwan, 65, died hours later.

Kamel Darwish, 38, was one of the 49 worshippers killed in the New Zealand terror shooting

An official from the Sydney-based Jordanian Embassy said that Saud suffered a heart attack, New Zealand Herald reports. But some reports said the mother passed away from a “broken heart”.

Worshippers at the Linwood Masjid for evening prayers on Monday local time after the massacre of 49 people at two mosques in the city

A family friend, Yaser Mohammad told New Zealand Herald:

“She came yesterday to attend the funeral. Apparently this morning she passed away because she couldn’t put up with the sorrow and sadness of losing her son.

They are arranging to take the coffin back to Jordan.

Her nephew Adwan, 33, said he believed the gunman was responsible for the death of both Kamel and mother Saud.

He said:

“She just didn’t wake up. We feel like the main reason for her death is sadness.

It’s extremely sad. She was a very lovely, easy going person.”


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