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Mosque massacre shooters family: "We are all gobsmacked"



The family of the white supremacist pistolist who slaughtered 50 people in New Zealand's mosque photography, apologized for their actions on Sunday and said they are "gobsmacked".

Brenton Tarrant's uncle Terry Fitzgerald said that his nephew's bloodbath was released on two Christchurch mosques on Friday's "just not right".

"We are so sorry for the families … for the dead and the injured," he told the Australian transmitter Nine News . "Yes, we just can't think of anything else, just want to go home and hide."

Massmother's grandmother, 81-year-old Marie Fitzgerald, said from her home in New South Wales that the family is at a loss.

"We're all gobsmacked," she said. "It's just so much for everything to think that someone in our family would do something like this."

She said her 28-year-old grandson spent much of her youth playing computer games and surfing the Internet and she didn't think "the girlfriend was on the agenda." His father died of cancer in 201

0, she said.

"It's only since he traveled abroad [to Europe] that the boy has changed completely," she said.

The last time she saw him was two weeks ago in the Australian city of Grafton for her sister's birthday.

"He was just his normal self, we all chatted and ate a meal to celebrate that occasion," Fitzgerald said, noting that the authorities believe her granddaughter had planned Friday's attacks for two years.

"Now everyone is just ruined," she said. "Shattered is the word."


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