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ANDREW SHURTLEFF/THE DAILY PROGRESS Virginia center Jack Salt (33) is fouled by Florida State center Christ Koumadje (21) during the ACC Tournament semi-final game Friday in Charlotte, NC. Virginia lost to Florida State 69-59.

In the wake of a terrorist attack Friday at a pair of New Zealand mosques that resulted in at least 49 deaths, Virginia center Jack Salt expressed shock and extended his condolences to the affected families.

Salt is an Auckland, New Zealand native.

“It’s really upsetting,” Salt said. “I don’t think anything like that has ever happened in New Zealand.”

Gun violence has become a frequent topic of conversation in the United States, with a 2018 shooting at Parkland High School in Florida that resulted in 17 deaths reigniting a national debate. Such acts are less common in New Zealand. 

Salt followed the tragedy Friday as he prepared to take the floor for the Cavaliers’ ACC Tournament semifinal against Florida State. Virginia lost, 69-59. Salt reflected on the violence in his home country after the defeat.

“The people that did that have no place in New Zealand,” he said.

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