New Zealand mosque shooting: All Blacks star Sonny Bill Williams pays an emotional tribute to terror attack victims
In a video posted to Twitter, an emotional Williams, who is a proud Muslim, said he 'couldn't put into words how I feel right now'
Rugby star Sonny Bill Williams has shared an emotional tribute to the victims of the mosque shooting in New Zealand on Friday. In a video posted to Twitter, an emotional Williams, who is a proud Muslim, said he "couldn't put into words how I feel right now". He said, "Just sending my duas (prayers) and Mashallah (god willing) - everyone that's been killed today in Christchurch... your families ... [I'm] just sending my duas to your loved ones and Inshahallah you guys are all in paradise," he said. "I'm just deeply, deeply saddened that this would happen in New Zealand," he further said.
My heart is hurting about the news coming out of Christchurch. Sending love & prayers to the effected families❤️😢 pic.twitter.com/7PX9wc56b8— Sonny Bill Williams (@SonnyBWilliams) March 15, 2019
Other celebrities have also reacted to the terror attack. New Zealand-born actor Russell Crowe has expressed his sadness at the loss of life in shooting attacks as he tweeted: "Senseless, pointless, cruel deaths. My heart breaks for all the families involved, and for the beautiful people of New Zealand to whose heart this pain will attach, for a long time. Kia Kaha," he wrote on Twitter. Singer Bryan Adams also tweeted to send his love, saying: ‘My ❤️ goes out to all the families of the victims of today’s horrific mass shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand.’
Hunger Games actor Sam Claflin said: "Words fail me today." Australian artist Peter Andre shared a New Zealand flag, writing: Sad, sad day for New Zealand. Thinking of you all. Heartbreaking."
Meanwhile, Youtube sensation PewDiePie was left feeling 'sickened' by the attack. The gunman in his live stream can be heard saying "let's get this party started" as he approaches the mosque. He can also be heard saying, "Remember lads, subscribe to pewdiepie," referring to the YouTube star who is known for his controversial content.
In response to the gunman's praise, PewdiePie took to Twitter to say, "Just heard news of the devastating reports from New Zealand Christchurch. I feel absolutely sickened having my name uttered by this person. My heart and thoughts go out to the victims, families, and everyone affected by this tragedy."
Former president of USA Barack Obama took to Twitter to express his condolences on the tragedy. He tweeted:
Michelle and I send our condolences to the people of New Zealand. We grieve with you and the Muslim community. All of us must stand against hatred in all its forms.— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) March 15, 2019
The US President Trump also shared his sympathies and he reacted to the terror attack saying:
My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the horrible massacre in the Mosques. 49 innocent people have so senselessly died, with so many more seriously injured. The U.S. stands by New Zealand for anything we can do. God bless all!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 15, 2019