In 1979, Haji Daoud Nabi avoided the Soviet Afghan war and took his young family to safety in New Zealand.
Almost 40 years later, he was shot Friday and killed at the Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch. 19659002] The first named victim of the massacre, Nabi ran an Afghan union and spent his life helping refugees start new lives, making sure they were fed and protected.
"He used to make them feel at home" his 43-year-old son Omar in a telephone interview with Al Jazeera.
Together with some of the other 49 people who were killed Friday, including women and children, Nabi funeral will take place on Saturday.
"My father lived all his life in this country [New Zealand] and will be buried here," said Omar.
On Friday prayers, the 28-year-old suspicion that Brenton Tarrant had allegedly shot terribly on worshipers as they ran for safety and livestreamed his assault on Al Noor and Linwood mosques ̵
When several victims remained in the hospital, including a four-year in critical condition, Tarrant illegally appeared in a court on Saturday and stared media members with a smirk.
He was accused of murder and remanded without a plea. His next appearance in the South Island City High Court will take place on April 5.
Nabi is surrendered by four sons, a daughter and nine grandchildren whom he loved "immensely," said Omar
"His grandchildren really miss him and some of them do not even know that he is no longer with us. "
"This is a very difficult time for us and for all who lost their loved ones in this massacre."
Only two days ago, Nabi spoke of the importance of unity.
"My father said how important it is to spread love and unity between each other and protect every member of society we live in" Omar said.
His father also spoke of the end of his own life in a comment that is now calling in Omar's mind.
"He said the best place to pass was in Friday prayers in a mosque."  Some Muslims believe that the Prophet Muhammad said there is a virtue of dying on a Friday, Islam's holiday.
As victims, rive, the world rallies around them with messages of support and fundraising.
A crowdfunding site has gathered nearly $ 1m for the affected families.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and CEO Abdullah Abdullah condemned the massacres in separate statements.
"Terrorist attacks on the mosques [in New Zealand] once again showed that terrorists are not dependent on any religion and they are humanity's enemies," Ghani said in the statement.
Wahidullah Waissi, Afghanistan's Ambassador to Australia, New Zealand and Fiji said on Twitter that two Afghans were killed in the attack.