Margaret River Capturing: # 039 Grandfather &;Intended' Australia deaths
May 14 2018
The grief-stricken father of four children, who were killed in a suspected murder-suicide by their own grandfather in a remote Western Australian farm, has spoken for the first time, saying "all the kids died peacefully in their beds". "I feel deeply for him".
Katrina Miles with her children.
Cynda and Peter Miles bought the 30-acre hobby farm in late 2014.Peter Miles, a farmer and teacher, was formerly the manager of the Margaret River High School farm, and ran a handyman business.
'We have some of the tightest gun laws in the world and I think we're an example to the rest of the world that you need to have very careful and strict controls when it comes to gun ownership and gun usage, ' Mr McGowan said.
Osmington is mostly rural, consisting of vineyards and farms, while nearby Margaret River is known for craft breweries, boutiques and surrounding wineries. They all resided at the property, he said.
Chris Dawson, who is the commissioner of the Western Australia Police, said at a news conference, "The loss of any life is tragic, but the loss of four children and three adults - this is a significant tragedy".
Police, who were called to the small community of Osmington early on Friday morning, found the bodies of seven people at the scene.
The family of seven, including four children, were found dead with gunshot wounds Friday at a rural property in southwest Australia in what is the country's worst mass shooting in 22 years, police and news media said.
The shooting deaths of seven people on a South West property has shaken the local community to its core.
Police, including officers from specialist forensic and homicide units from Perth, will be on the scene for "up to five days".
He then turned the gun on his wife in the living room of their house, before placing a triple-0 call to police alerting them to his crimes.
"We know where the call was made from, we know whose phone it was made from".
Two officers from Margaret River arrived at the property about 6am.
They are treating the incident as a murder-suicide.