Mosque massacre victim was shot to death while on phone with mother


The mother of a teenage boy murdered in the New Zealand mosque massacre was on the phone with him when he was shot dead, she said in a report Sunday.

Hamza Mustafa, 16, had been praying at the Masjid Al Noor mosque Friday with his father and younger brother, and called his mother moments after the gunman opened fire.

“He said: ‘Mum, there’s someone come into the mosque and he’s shooting us’ and he was running with his brother who had been shot in the leg,” the grief-stricken mother, Salwa Mustafa, recalled to Stuff.NZ.

“After that, I heard shooting and he screamed and after that I didn’t hear him,” she continued. “I called, ‘Hamza, Hamza,’ and I can hear his little voice and after that it was quiet.”

She kept trying to reach her son for the next 22 minutes.

“His phone was on, but I couldn’t talk to him, after that someone picked up the phone and told me your son can’t breathe, I think he’s dead.”

Mustafa’s other son, 13-year-old Zaid managed to flee the carnage, but her husband, Khaled, 44, was one of the 50 people killed.

“Our lives have completely changed,” Mustafa said from Christchurch Hospital where Zaid is recovering from two gunshot wounds.

She described Hamza, her late son, who attended Cashmere High School, as “the most wonderful boy” who was “very caring and polite.”

When asked about white supremacist gunman Brenton Tarrant, she said: “God will punish him.”

“My son and my husband are in heaven now and we’re going after them, we’re going to follow them to the heavens.”