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Former 'Counter-Strike' Pro Amongst Victims Of The Christchurch Mosque Shootings

Former 'Counter-Strike' Pro Amongst Victims Of The Christchurch Mosque Shootings

One of the victims of the the Christchurch mosque shootings in New Zealand was 'Counter-Strike' player Atta ‘Crazyarab’ Elayyan...

Julian Benson

Julian Benson

One of the victims of the the Christchurch mosque shootings in New Zealand on March 15 was Counter-Strike player Atta 'Crazyarab' Elayyan.

Thirty-three-year-old Elayyan was a big player on scene in the early 2000s when he played for the New Zealand team NewType. He competed in and won in national and international tournaments. He leaves behind his wife and daughter.

Following his short pro Counter-Strike career, Elayyan studied computer science and founded LWA Solutions, an app development team. His company made the MetroTube YouTube app for Windows Phone.

According to a post on Game Planet forums (via Game Informer), Elayyan said "I would have never gotten into the tech industry had I not been obsessed with gaming during those years and the hours of focus, intense game play and desire to succeed has actually helped me a lot in many aspects of my life. Of course, even if it was a complete waste of time, the people and friends I met during those years made it worth it."

Elayyan was also a goalie for his national futsal team, who have also been playing tribute to their friend:

Donations for the community have been organised through Give A Little, and a separate campaign is running specifically for Elayyan's family through Go Fund Me, too.

Since the white supremacist attack on Friday that claimed the lives of 50 people, New Zealand's government has announced plans to significantly reform gun laws in the country to prevent an attack like this from occurring again.

Featured Image Credit: LWA Solutions