For Christchurch survivors, killer's sudden guilty plea is an answer to prayer

The Guardian

Victims and relatives of those killed in New Zealand mass shooting had been preparing for a brutal trial, but then the news came Those injured or bereaved in the Christchurch attacks on 15 March only found out about the court hearing when their phones started buzzing with calls and messages after it had finished. They felt joy, relief, and utter shock. “It was completely out of the blue,” says Aya Al-Umari, 34, whose brother Hussein Al-Umari, then 35, was killed at Al Noor mosque last year. The gunman had initially pleaded not guilty to the counts of murder, attempted murder, and terrorism, …

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