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.