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World-wide outpouring of grief and tributes after Christchurch mass shootings

Mourners pay their respects at a makeshift memorial near the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. Source: Fiona Goodall/Getty Images

Standing in solidarity with Muslim communities world-wide, tributes are flowing in response to Friday's mass-shooting at two mosques in New Zealand.

Mourners around the world have expressed their grief, anger and shock at the killing of 49 people in New Zealand two mosques.

In Christchurch, a sea of flowers has grown near the Al Noor mosque on Deans Road, the site of one of the deadly attacks.

New Zealand Remembers Victims Of Christchurch Mosque Terror Attacks
People place flowers and messages of condolence as a large crowd gathers in Aotea Square for a memorial to the victims of the Christchurch mosque shootings.
Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images
 

Mourners write messages in chalk along the footpaths in Christchurch.
Mourners write condolence messages in chalk along the footpaths in Christchurch.
Laurie Lawira.

Aftermath Of Mosque Terror Attack Felt In Christchurch.
Locals lay flowers in tribute to those killed and injured at Deans Avenue near the Al Noor Mosque.
Fiona Goodall/Getty Images

Similar tributes have cropped up at mosques across the country as New Zealanders band together in sorrow.

New Zealand Remembers Victims Of Christchurch Mosque Terror Attacks
Locals lay flowers and condolences at the Huda Mosque in Dunedin in tribute to those killed in Christchurch.
Photo by Dianne Manson/Getty Images

Australians have also joined in the efforts, placing tributes at Australian places of worship, as the Australian flag flies at half mast on public buildings.

“Standing with you for peace and love," one card, left with flowers at Canberra Mosque, said. after devastating terrorist attack on Mosques in Christchurch, NZ. 

Morning Prayers at Sydney Mosque As People Remember Victims Of Christchurch Mass Shooting
People gather for morning prayers at Lakemba Mosque to remember victims of the Christchurch mass-shooting.
James Gourley/Getty Images

Ahead of Saturday's NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Canterbury Bulldogs in Auckland, the Warriors gathered for a minute's silence to remember the victims of the Christchurch mass shootings.

 

In London, flowers line the railing of Finsbury Park Mosque and a demonstration of solidarity was held close by.

Flowers attached to the railings of Finsbury Park Mosque in London.
Flowers attached to the railings of Finsbury Park Mosque in London.

A women holds a sign reading 'No more white Terrorism' at a rally close to Finsbury Park Mosque in London.
A women holds a sign reading "No more white Terrorism" at a rally close to Finsbury Park Mosque in London.
Claire Doherty/Sipa USA

Worshipers leaving Birmingham's Central Mosque at the end of Friday prayers were handed floral tributes.

Flowers are handed out at Birmingham Central Mosque as Friday prayers finish after the attack on the Mosque in Christchurch.
Flowers are handed out at Birmingham Central Mosque as Friday prayers finish after the attack on the Mosque in Christchurch.
Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Said Abdi's son holds a flower given to him outside Birmingham Central Mosque
Said Abdi's son holds a flower given to him outside Birmingham Central Mosque.
Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Former US President Barack Obama took to Twitter to stand in solidarity with New Zealanders.

Muhuiddin Sultan and Rabbi Yitzhak Husbands-Hankin embrace in the entry way  of the Eugene Islamic Center.
Muhuiddin Sultan and Rabbi Yitzhak Husbands-Hankin embrace in the entry way of the Eugene Islamic Center.
Chris Pietsch/The Register-Guard via AP Photo

A vigil was held in Toronto to remember the victims of the Christchurch mass shooting. Attendees held signs reading "United against Islamophobia".

A vigil held for the victims of the New Zealand mass shooting in Toronto.
A vigil held for the victims of the New Zealand mass shooting in Toronto.
Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP

There were also demonstration of solidarity posted to Twitter from Cape Town, South Africa. 

In Europe, prominent landmarks were used to show solidarity with the people of Christchurch.

The Eiffel Tower turned its lights off  to pay tribute and commemorate the victims of the New Zealand terror attack, in Paris, France.
The Eiffel Tower shrouded in darkness.
EPA/CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON

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