“Hello, brother” were reportedly the last words of a person shot dead when a gunman entered a New Zealand mosque and killed dozens of worshipers Friday.
The words were reportedly overheard as the gunman walked into Masjid Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch while streaming live on Facebook to publicize his attack. At least 49 people were killed in the attack, which also included a shooting at the nearby Linwood Mosque. At least 40 more people were injured, authorities said.
Many are calling the quoted man’s actions heroic on social media.
"'Hello brother' a word came out of a pure soul filled with a peaceful faith. 'Hello brother' was said to a killer with a rifle pointed to this greeting. 'Hello brother' he said thinking that he is talking to a human with soul and feelings. 'Hello brother' was shot dead," one Twitter user wrote.
Another person wrote, “#HelloBrother And the answer was five bullets in his chest!”
The suspect, a 28-year-old Australian man, reportedly published a racist manifesto before the murders as well.
The suspect's 17-minute video has since been taken down by Facebook after the company was notified of its existence by police.
But it continues to circulate online, as it was downloaded and uploaded across social media.