Christchurch terror attack: Mother of victim reportedly dies from heart attack after funeral

The mother of one of the Christchurch terror attack victims has reportedly died from a heart attack and her family is laying the blame on the alleged gunman.

Kamel Darwish, a 38-year-old man who immigrated to New Zealand roughly six months ago, was one of the victims police confirmed was killed at the Masjid Al Noor Mosque on Deans Ave on March 15.

It now appears tragedy has struck twice for his family, with Stuff reporting that his mother, Suad Adwan, died on Saturday morning from a medical event, which NZME reports was a heart attack.

Adwan arrived in the country earlier this week for Darwish's funeral, but didn't attend due to a sore stomach and as she was feeling stressed. She was later found dead by her family, Stuff reports.

Her nephew, Hany Al-Daher, told Stuff the alleged gunman is responsible for her death.

"It's extremely sad. She was a very lovely, easy going person."

There were several Jordanians killed in Christchurch's attacks, and Jordan's Prince El Hassan Bin Talal visited the Deans Ave mosque on Saturday to pay his respects.

Darwish worked on a dairy farmer in Ashburton before his death. While he rarely made it to the mosque to pray, his brother said he was "very excited" to be attending Al Noor on the day of the attacks.


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