‘Shattered’ family of New Zealand ‘terrorist’ say ‘sorry’ to victims

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‘Shattered’ family of New Zealand ‘terrorist’ say ‘sorry’ to victims

The ‘shattered’ grandmother of a white supremacist who allegedly killed 50 Muslim worshippers in a mass shooting has said she is ‘sorry and gobsmacked’.

Marie Fitzgerald, 81, said in a tearful interview that it is ‘just so much for everyone to take in that somebody in our family would do anything like this’.

Brenton Tarrant, 28,from Australia, is accused of slaughtering dozens and injuring another 50 as they attended Friday prayers.

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Marie Fitzgerald, 81, said in a tearful interview that it is ‘just so much for everyone to take in that somebody in our family would do anything like this’ (Picture: Nine News)

He ‘live-streamed’ the terror attack in New Zealand and outlined his anti-immigrant motives in a manifesto posted online.

Speaking for the first time to Nine News, grandmother Marie said: ‘The media are saying he’s planned it for a long time so he’s not of sound mind.

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‘It’s only since he travelled overseas, I think, that that boy has changed.’

She added that Tarrant was a computer enthusiast who spent seven years away from Australia after his father died.

Tarrant’s uncle, Terry Fitzgerald, also spoke to apologise to the families of the victims.

He said: ‘We are so sorry for the families over there, for the dead and the injured. We just want to go home and hide.’

The suspected Christchurch terrorist appeared in court yesterday after the sickening attack at two mosques that left 49 people dead.

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She added that Tarrant was a computer enthusiast who spent seven years away from Australia after his father died (Picture: Nine News)

epa07441048 The man charged in relation to the Christchurch mosque massacre Brenton Harrison Tarrant (Pixelated) is lead into the dock for his appearance for murder, in the District Court, Christchurch, New Zealand, 16 March 2019. At least 49 people were killed by a gunman, believed to be Brenton Harrison Tarrant, and 20 more injured and in critical condition during the terrorist attacks against two mosques in New Zealand during Friday prayers on 15 March. EPA/Martin Hunter / POOL NEW ZEALAND OUT

Brenton Tarrant, 28,from Australia, is accused of slaughtering dozens and injuring another 50 as they attended Friday prayers (Picture: EPA)

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 16: (EDITOR'S NOTE: Parts of this image have been pixelated at source to conceal the identity of the defendant due to court order.) The man charged in relation to the Christchurch massacre, Brenton Tarrant, gestures in the dock for his appearance for murder in the Christchurch District Court on March 16, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand. At least 49 people are confirmed dead, with more than 40 people injured following attacks on two mosques in Christchurch on Friday afternoon. 41 of the victims were killed at Al Noor mosque on Deans Avenue and seven died at Linwood mosque. Another victim died later in Christchurch hospital. Three people are in custody over the mass shootings. One man has been charged with murder. (Photo by Mark Mitchell-Pool/Getty Images)

The hand symbol is known among white supremacists (Picture: Getty)

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 17: Flowers and condolences laid by locals at the Wellington Vigil held at the Basin Reserve on March 17, 2019, Wellington, New Zealand. 50 people are confirmed dead, with 36 injured still in hospital following shooting attacks on two mosques in Christchurch on Friday, 15th March. 42 of the victims were killed at Al Noor mosque on Deans Avenue and 7 died at Linwood mosque. Another victim died later in Christchurch hospital. A 28-year-old Australian-born man, Brenton Tarrant, appeared in Christchurch District Court on Saturday charged with murder. The attack is the worst mass shooting in New Zealand's history. (Photo by Elias Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Flowers and condolences laid by locals at the Wellington Vigil held at the Basin Reserve (Picture: Getty)

Tarrant appeared to make a white hand power symbol with his right hand as he arrived in court charged with one count of murder. Police said further charges were expected to follow.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said three people, including Tarrant, had been arrested in the wake of the attack.

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A fourth person arrested on Friday, who was in possession of a firearm, but with the intention of assisting police, has since been released.

Forty-one people were killed at the Masjid Al Noor mosque on Deans Avenue in central Christchurch, seven were killed at the suburban Linwood Masjid Mosque, and one person died at the Christchurch Hospital.

Ms Ardern said in a press conference that the country’s gun laws would change in the wake of the attack.

The country’s prime minister was seen today embracing crowds outside a mosque.

Jacinda Ardern, 38, visited the Kilbirnie mosque to comfort families of victims.

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