A Kiwi lad’s death by drone

When the Jones boys converted to Islam, it caused quite a stir in Christchurch. Suddenly Daryl and his younger brother Nathan, who grew up in a strong Christian house, were sporting beards, learning Arabic and wearing flowing robes. Carloads of Muslims, including immigrant women in veils, would turn up at the family’s home in a smart east Christchurch suburb, neighbours tut-tutting and muttering about terrorists. Some who knew the family accepted the conversion, others struggled. When Daryl was in his early 20s and still flirting with Islam, he surprised the family of a Christian friend he was visiting when he suddenly declared he had to go to the far end of the house to pray towards Mecca. “We thought it was weird,” said the friend’s mother. All of this upset the boys’ parents – the father a former Australian police officer doing security for a government organisation, the mother employed by a Christchurch tertiary institution. The Sunday Star-Times has decided not to name the parents to protect their privacy. They declined interviews and have told friends not to speak to the media. Daryl, 30 when he died, moved to Sydney around 2008 and converted to Islam soon after arriving. Nathan,… Read full this story

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