Please attribute to Police Commissioner Mike Bush
Police have this morning (21 March) completed the identification procedures for all 50 victims of Friday’s terror attacks in Christchurch.
This means that all victims are now able to be released to their families.
I would like to personally acknowledge the families of the victims, and thank you for the support you have shown NZ Police and our coronial colleagues as we worked through the formal identification process.
We know that the wait to have your loved ones returned to you has been difficult and our thoughts have been with you.
I want to reassure you again that we absolutely recognise how vital the return of your loved ones is. We have been doing everything in our power to return them to you as quickly as possible, while also ensuring that we have the evidence and information we need for a criminal prosecution.
I also want to acknowledge and thank religious and community leaders, who continue to provide invaluable support to the families impacted by these terrible attacks.
Police will continue to release victim names, once all necessary notifications have been made.
A police team of family liaison officers remains on the ground in Christchurch and will continue to support families.
Issued by Police Media Centre