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Families attend first funerals for Christchurch terror attack victims, including father and teen son

Families are today finally starting to bury some of those killed in Friday's massacre that left 50 dead.

There's been a heavy presence of armed police outside the Memorial Park Cemetery in Linwood, not far from the Linwood Mosque.

Two bodies were lifted from a van around 12.30pm today, and carried towards the cemetery by mourners. 

They were Khaled Mustafa and his 16-year-old son Hamza, who died at Masjid Al Noor in Deans Ave.

Inside the cemetery grounds, members of the Muslim community gathered. Many security staff in high-visibility vests are with them.

A large white marquee sat waiting to accept the bodies. Once inside, the sides were be closed off so families could pray around their loved ones.

From there, the bodies were be taken across the cemetery grounds to the burial site, where there was more prayers and final farewells.

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    Among those laid to rest today were Khaled Mustafa and his 16-year-old son, Hamza. Source: 1 NEWS

    Several police cars and a specialist police van have been driving around the cemetery, as the armed officers stand along the edge of the grounds.

    Two more bodies were brought into the area at about 4.45pm this afternoon as hearses arrived at the cemetery. 

    The men were expected to be buried at about 5pm.

    One victim has name suppression and 1 NEWS has been told the other is Junaid Ismail.

    The Prime Minister confirmed today that the bodies of 30 victims had been approved for release to their families, according to Radio New Zealand. 

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      1 NEWS reporter Maddy Lloyd describes what’s happening from outside Memorial Park Cemetery. Source: 1 NEWS