CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Aya Al-Umari never got the chance to say goodbye to her brother Hussein before he was killed in a mass shooting at Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. But she wonders if he had a premonition.
The night before the attack, he was fixated on her new T-shirt. It said: “See You Bye.” She wonders now if his teasing comments about her top were his way of saying farewell.
He’d always delighted in teasing her. One time when they were visiting Malaysia as kids, he’d given her some candy that he assured her was smooth and sweet. When she put it in her mouth, she quickly realized he’d tricked her. It was popping candy, which instantly began to fizz and spark on her tongue. She shrieked. He laughed.