A heroic grandfather became a hero as a hatman's gun that attacked his New Zealand mosque Friday – when he threw himself in front of another worshiper to save the person's life and was shot dead, reports reported.
Daoud Nabi's family said the 71-year-old was a generous man who met refugees at the airport after emigrating to New Zealand from Afghanistan with his children in the 1980s, NBC News reported.
His son Omar Nabi, 43, who was also supposed to be on the Masjid Al Noor mosque on Friday morning, but skipped prayer for work, said he was told that his father had been trying to block a another worshiper from the bullets of the gun. However, he had no more details about the murder.
After hearing news about the shooting, Nabi moved to the mosque and called his father's phone, but he didn't pick up.
"I'm a little lost," Nabi, a mechanic, told NBC News after learning from his engineer's father's death. "He's a man with lots of knowledge and I've been his student for a long time."
"He has helped everyone who is a refugee," he said, describing how his father went to the airport to greet refugees and help them start new life.
"Whether you are from Palestine, Iraq, Syria ̵
An image of Daoud Nabi shows him brilliantly with pride next to his grandson in the mosque.
Nabi founded a mosque and became president of a local Afghan association. He tried to build a community in his new homeland. He was the grandfather of nine children.