Lincoln University holds memorial service for Christchurch victims

A memorial service is being held at Lincoln University, with members of the university community expected to be among those killed in the Christchurch mosque shootings.

In an emotional message to students and staff, University chancellor Bruce Gemmell and acting vice-chancellor Bruce McKenzie said the devastating attacks on the two Christchurch mosques on Friday would be felt deeply by students, staff, alumni and their families regardless of religion or culture. 

"Sadly, the university is likely to have lost members of our whānau, our family," they said.

"The Council, management and staff of Lincoln University are shocked, appalled and saddened by the tragic events on Friday 15 March."

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It said the University's leadership stands by its staff and students as 'parents' of the Lincoln University family. 

"That family includes members from throughout New Zealand and from numerous countries internationally. Many faiths and beliefs are represented among us."

A short memorial service is being held near the flag pole in front of Ivey.