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B.C. man mourns the loss of classmate killed in New Zealand mosque attack

B.C. man mourns the loss of classmate killed in New Zealand mosque attack
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VANCOUVER -- A man from Surrey, B.C., is mourning the loss of his former classmate who was killed in a gun massacre at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday.

Shaukat Khan said when he heard news of the attack, he sent a message to his friend, Naeem Rashid, reading: "Hope all is well with you and your family. Just heard about the news. Let me know."

Rashid is the kind of person who always responds within a few hours, Khan said, but in this case he didn t hear back before going to bed Friday night.

"When I got up, the high school WhatsApp group was buzzing and there was news of him being martyred in the incident. It was a big shock," Khan said in a phone interview Sunday.

Khan and Rashid were friends since elementary school in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

"When I remember Naeem -- he was one of the kids who was more mature than anyone else among all of us," Khan said.

"He would simply smile at us whenever we tried to bother him or tease him. Everyone had respect for him like they would have for an elder."

Although the two went their own ways after college, they kept in touch. Khan said he last met Rashid about six or seven years ago at a function in Pakistan.
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