Father of kids killed in Australian massacre speaks out

May 13, 2018, 14:15
Father of kids killed in Australian massacre speaks out

Earlier, authorities confirmed three guns found at the Margaret River property where an entire family was found dead belonged to the property owner, Peter Miles.

In a cruel piece of timing, many in the town will spend Mother's Day today mourning the loss of four local children, their mother and grandmother, while grappling with questions that may never be answered.

A forensic investigation at the property is continuing.

Cockman said Miles did not make a "snap" decision to kill his wife, daughter and grandchildren. If it wasn't for him, I wouldn't have Katrina, I wouldn't have her kids...

"He (Peter) was like my best friend and I still love who he was, but his mental attitude. there are some people you just don't get on the wrong side of. and that's Peter and Cynda", Cockman added. The high school has declined to speak with the media.

Richard Dossor said he had spoken to the farm maintenance worker about looking after his property while he was away.

When police arrived on the Osmington property, they discovered all seven people had died of gunshot wounds.

The Miles clan regarded their idyllic farm as a paradise on earth - until the morning it became a murderous hell.

"Anger will destroy you. She touched all our lives".

Peter Miles is believed to have made a 5am telephone call to police before turning a gun on himself.

Slain grandma Cynda Miles was an ardent and respected environmentalist.

The four children were believed to have had autism. They had also been home schooled. The young mother was named locally as Katrina Miles. "This devastating incident will no doubt have a lasting impact on the families concerned, the whole community, and in particular the communities in the southwest".

In a statement, the extended family said on Saturday they were devastated.

Katrina Miles and her four children.

"The kids were kind, gentle, smart and lovely children".

"Cynda was very kind, very giving and community minded".

She lived with her parents Cynda and Peter on their farm. She said he was not an outgoing fellow. "How the hell Peter did that I still can't figure out, but if someone did it. he did a good job, he did a really good job".

"I just ran into a woman I know and had to give her a big hug because she just started bawling her eyes out".

Red Cross counselling services remain available to the public at the Margaret River Community Centre, where friends have also been placing floral tributes.

The shooting is understood to be the worst in Australia since the massacre in 1996 at Port Arthur, Tasmania, in which a lone gunman killed 35 people and seriously injured 23 others.

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