- At least 49 people were killed in a mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.
- New Zealander Tory Dravitzki placed flowers at a local mosque near his home.
- In an emotional interview, he said he wanted Muslims to see “people of the community actually caring about them as well.”
People on social media are applauding a man from New Zealand for his emotional reaction to the mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, that killed at least 49 people.
News channel 7 News Brisbane caught Tory Dravitzki outside a mosque in his neighbourhood placing flowers at the door.
In an emotional interview, Dravitzki said he’s lived in the area for years and, though he’d driven past it, he’d never been to the mosque.
“The reason I wanted to drop the flowers off was maybe they feel scared to come down … and if they could walk up and see the people of the community actually caring about them as well, I think that’s what it’s all about,” Dravitzki said.
Watch his full interview below:
"I've never been to a mosque…I don't want them to feel scared…I want them to know people care” – Words from a Gold Coast man visiting a mosque to lay flowers following the Christchurch terror attack. Report on 7 News at 6pm. #Christchurch #7News pic.twitter.com/RofpehZhIj
— 7NEWS Brisbane (@7NewsBrisbane) March 15, 2019
He said the Friday shooting is especially hard because of how close to home it is.
“For me, what’s most affecting about it is that it’s in our backyard,” Dravitzki said. He added, “I don’t want to have to deal with any more intolerance towards Muslims.”
Dravitzki is also keeping the emergency responders in his thoughts.
“I just wonder about the services, about the cops that have to deal with it, and how emotionally charged they could be and how they hold themselves,” he said. “That’s powerful.”
Twitter users are applauding Dravitzki’s raw and emotional reaction to the terrorist attacks.
This is my understanding of a real man, I'm weeping watching it and I’m not soft.
— Mark Harris (@llb_mark) March 15, 2019
Could we have more people like this man please?
— ????????Martina Hogan???????? (@Martina_Hogan78) March 15, 2019
Humility, humanity. This guy did a great thing, we are all humans. Stop the hatred. Thinking of the dead and their families. RIP.
— David Forster (@ffdavid60) March 15, 2019
This is what an ally looks like. Not somebody who knows all the right phraseology to use but does nothing to help. Somebody who shows up, even if it’s just to show solidarity and say “I’m here”.
I’d take this guy over 100 strokeychin thinkpiece writers.
— Nick Pettigrew (@Nick_Pettigrew) March 15, 2019
Dravitzki closed the interview saying, “I hope that people come down.”
- Read more:
- ‘ONE OF NEW ZEALAND’S DARKEST DAYS’: At least 49 people killed in mass shootings at 2 mosques in Christchurch
- What we know so far about the suspects in the New Zealand mosque shootings
- This timeline of the Christchurch mosque shootings shows how the massacre of 49 Muslim worshippers unfolded in New Zealand
- The New Zealand mosque shooter had his gun wrestled out of his hands then ran away, according to a survivor
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