Sohail Shahid was 35 years old at the time of the terrorist attacks in New Zealand, where he lost his life to the blind hatred of Islamophobia. He moved there from Pakistan in 2017, looking, like so many others, for a better future through better opportunities.
He sought a career in chemical engineering, according to the BBC. He held a master’s degree in the subject from Punjab University in Lahore in his native Pakistan. At the time of the attack he was working as a production manager at a manufacturing plant in Christchurch. Like all of the victims, he was simply living his life as best he could.
He was married a few years ago and leaves behind a widow and two daughters, the youngest of whom is two. His mother paints a portrait of a devoted and loving son: “There is not a single day when my son did not call me, every day at around 10 or 11 in the morning he used to call me and it’s been five days and my son has not called me,” she told the BBC.
“His daughters were his life,” his wife, Asma, said.
Friends made memorial posts on Facebook to celebrate Shahid’s life and offer prayers. One friend remembered him fondly as “The Loving Papa. Sohail Shahid loved his kids more than anything.
The native of Pakistan worked hard to become a successful engineer in his adopted New Zealand. He was smart, driven, and most importantly, loved his family.”