For many, this may not have been the place they were born.
The Muslim Community Center, which operates a mosque on the North Side and schools in Morton Grove and Skokie, said in a statement that it planned to hire extra security patrols and advised its members, "Please be vigilant by keeping your eyes and ears open and being aware of your surroundings".
"Just around the entrance door there were elderly people sitting there praying and he just started shooting at them", Mazharuddin told Sky.
Camera IconTributes on the corner of Deans Avenue and Riccarton Road, Christchurch.
The gunman also livestreamed in graphic detail 17 minutes of his rampage at Al Noor Mosque, where, armed with at least two assault rifles and a shotgun, he sprayed worshippers with bullets over and over, killing at least 41 people.
"This is not NZ", reads one of the prominent signs.
He was remanded without a plea until his next scheduled appearance in the South Island city's High Court on April 5. "We can never, ever normalize this hatred". "It doesn't seem real".
They gathered at the small Surrey mosque for Friday prayers. "It could have been our students there".
Australian police said the family of the suspect is helping their investigation.
"It looked like a video, what we usually see in a movie".
"We're just really humbled and happy to help", Ioannou told AFP news agency.More news: DPRK strengthens ties with Russian Federation , blames USA for breakdown of summit
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The attack on the Al Noor and Linwood mosques has been labelled terrorism by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and is thought to be the deadliest attack directed against Muslims in the West in modern times.
Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 28, has been charged with murder in relation to the massacre on Friday, in which 49 people were killed and 42 injured. "There is one charge of murder brought at the moment, it is reasonable to assume that there will be others", said Judge Paul Kellar.
Twenty-eight-year-old Brenton Tarrant appeared in the Christchurch District Court this morning over the attack, which is being described as the worst terror attack in New Zealand history.
In a country where police routinely patrol unarmed, parents strained to explain to their kids what happened, even as they struggled to understand it themselves.
The halal food drive was inundated, they said, with people lining up to give meals throughout Saturday. He also had more assault weapons in the trunk of his auto, along with what appeared to be explosives. "It was a very risky manoeuvre".
Mr Graystone said he chose to stand outside the Medina Mosque on Friday because he "wanted to make sure that people know we can respond with friendship".
They said they were saddened by the "senseless" attacks.
In a video filmed from his hospital bed Alsati asked people to "please pray for me and my daughter", who has been flown to Auckland for treatment.
Back at the intersection swamped with floral tributes, people continue to stroll up solemnly.
Makeshift memorials have sprung up in the area around the mosques, with flowers and notes bearing messages of hope and love. One of the women told Xinhua "No matter what cultural backgrounds, races or religions you are from, we are absolutely together". "A nation who loves, a nation who does not stand for this".