"I can confirm that the bodies of those who have died are beginning to be returned to their families from this evening", she said, adding that all were expected to be released by Wednesday, March 20. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.
Police said the suspect took seven minutes to travel to the second mosque in the suburb of Linwood, where seven people were killed.
However, witnesses have described how many more lives could have been lost, if not for the courage of a worker at Linwood Mosque.
She said by the time police had been made aware of the email, emergency calls were already being received "and somebody was then taken into custody 36 minutes later".
He remains the only person charged directly over last Friday's shooting massacres.
Ansun Zhong, owner of Chong's Chinese restaurant in Christchurch City Central, said the shooting greatly affected people's life in Christchurch.
Church services for the victims were held, including at Christchurch's "Cardboard Cathedral", a temporary structure built after a 2011 quake.
Greg Robertson, head of surgery at Christchurch Hospital said staff were used to seeing gunshot wounds and severe injuries, but the scale and nature of the attacks was different. "More importantly it was also about standing in solidarity in a small way to offer their love and support to the people of Christchurch". "It's just comprehending what is the incomprehensible".
Dozens laid flowers near the mosques in New Zealand where 49 people were killed in mass shootings by a suspected white supremacist. One woman carried sandwiches and falafel. "The reasons of their deaths are known ... why not release those who have been identified", he said.
"He was studying to be a pilot and we saw him for morning classes. Then he went to the mosque as usual, and we aren't hearing from him", he said.
The majority of victims were migrants or refugees from countries such as Pakistan, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Turkey, Somalia and Afghanistan.
Residents pay their respects by placing flowers for the victims of the mosques attacks in Christchurch at the Masjid Umar mosque in Auckland on March 17, 2019.
At least five Indians, including three from Gujarat have been killed in the attack.
Aziz said: "He gets into his auto and I just got the gun and threw it on his window like an arrow and blasted his window".
Ardern said: "Hagley Park, very much the focus on them was being able to access their loved ones".
Facebook said it had removed 1.5 million videos of the attack from the social media platform within 24 hours of the incident.
The violence has also shone a new light on gun control.
As prime minister Jacinda Ardern considers banning semi-automatic rifles following Friday's massacre of 50 Muslim worshippers, some gun users are busy stockpiling, fearing their favourite toys will soon be out of reach.
"Now is the time for change", Ardern argued.
Unlike the USA, the right to own a firearm is not enshrined in New Zealand's constitution.
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