Toddler with an old soul: Young victim of NZ attack mourned

In this undated photo supplied by Abdi Ibrahim, shows a photo of his three-year-old brother, Mucaad, who is the youngest known victim of the mass shoo

In this undated photo supplied by Abdi Ibrahim, shows a photo of his three-year-old brother, Mucaad, who is the youngest known victim of the mass shoo

Abdifatah Ibrahim, center, and his brother Abdi, right, walk with an unidentified friend in Christchurch, New Zealand, Sunday, March 17, 2019. Abdifat

Abdifatah Ibrahim, center, and his brother Abdi, right, walk with an unidentified friend in Christchurch, New Zealand, Sunday, March 17, 2019. Abdifat

Abdifatah Ibrahim, center, and his brother Abdi, right, walk with an unidentified friend in Christchurch, New Zealand, Sunday, March 17, 2019. Abdifat

Abdifatah Ibrahim, center, and his brother Abdi, right, walk with an unidentified friend in Christchurch, New Zealand, Sunday, March 17, 2019. Abdifat

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — He spent just three years on this earth, but in some ways, a friend said, he seemed like an old soul. Before he became the youngest known victim of Christchurch's mass shooting, 3-year-old Mucaad Ibrahim possessed an intelligence beyond his years.

But Friday, when a gunman stormed into the mosque where Mucaad was sitting with his big brother and father, it was Mucaad's youth that left him so vulnerable. In the chaos that ensued as people fled from the bullets, the tiny boy became separated from his family. On Sunday, his brother Abdi Ibrahim said police had confirmed the worst: their beloved little boy was dead.

Each of the 50 lives lost Friday has left an aching wound across Christchurch. But the death of Mucaad has pierced with particular ferocity.