Barely hours after her son’s funeral, the mother of one of the Muslims killed in a Christchurch mosque shooting has died of a broken heart.
38-year-old Kamel Darwish, a father-of-three, was killed when a gunman opened fire on at two mosques in the southern New Zealand city of Christchurch, killing 49 people. Read our earlier report about the shooting through this link
Kamel’s funeral was held on Friday. His mother, Saud Abdelfattah Mhaisen Adwan, 65, died hours later.
An official from the Sydney-based Jordanian Embassy said that Saud suffered a heart attack, New Zealand Herald reports. But some reports said the mother passed away from a “broken heart”.
A family friend, Yaser Mohammad told New Zealand Herald:
“She came yesterday to attend the funeral. Apparently this morning she passed away because she couldn’t put up with the sorrow and sadness of losing her son.
They are arranging to take the coffin back to Jordan.
Her nephew Adwan, 33, said he believed the gunman was responsible for the death of both Kamel and mother Saud.
“She just didn’t wake up. We feel like the main reason for her death is sadness.
It’s extremely sad. She was a very lovely, easy going person.”