1) NEW ZEALAND DIGS GRAVES AS MOSQUE MASSACRE TOLL RISES TO 50
Anguished relatives were anxiously waiting Sunday for authorities to release the remains of those who were killed in massacres at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch, while authorities announced the death toll from the racist attacks had risen to 50.
Police Commissioner Mike Bush said police were working with pathologists and coroners to release the bodies as soon as they could.
Police added they had released a preliminary list of the victims to families, which has helped give closure to some relatives who were waiting for any news.
The suspect in the shootings, 28-year-old white supremacist Brenton Harrison Tarrant, appeared in court Saturday amid strict security, shackled and wearing all-white prison garb, and showed no emotion when the judge read him one murder charge and said more would likely follow.
Bush said at a news conference Sunday that they found another body at Al Noor mosque as they finished removing the victims, bringing the number of people killed there to 42.
Another seven people were killed at Linwood mosque and one more person died later at Christchurch Hospital.
Before Friday’s attack, New Zealand’s deadliest shooting in modern history took place in 1990 in the small town of Aramoana, where a gunman killed 13 people following a dispute with a neighbor.
2) NEW ZEALAND SHOOTER STEEPED ATTACK IN DARK INTERNET CULTURE
The suspected New Zealand shooter carefully modeled his attack for an internet age. He live-streamed the massacre, shouted out a popular meme slogan and published a long, rambling manifesto replete with inside jokes geared for those steeped in underground internet culture.
Prior to killing six people in Isla Vista, California, in 2014, Elliott Rodger posted an online video and circulated a lengthy document full of grievances.
He was later found to have ties to a misogynistic online group known as “incels,” or “involuntary celibates,” who sometimes call for violence against women.
Daniel Byman, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute, said People do things online that they might be hesitant to do in real life.
That can range from harmless acts, such as emailing someone you would be too intimidated to approach at a party, to sharing, building on and encouraging extremist views and violence.
Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and other sites that allow people to upload their own content have faced fierce backlash for letting violent and hate-filled posts and videos spread.
The companies eventually halted the spread of the New Zealand shooting livestream Friday.
But many say they were too slow, and argue the video shouldn’t have gone online in the first place.