The grieving widow of the heroic neighbor who was shot in the Wiembilla massacre has spoken out, saying her interactions with the Train brothers and daughter Madelyn have always been friendly.
Widow Kerry Dare has revealed that Gareth, Nathaniel and Stacey Train never intended to kill her or her husband Alan during the December 12 tragedy.
“They didn’t intend to kill me, we go up and down that road every day,” said Ms. Dare.
“No, they weren’t there to kill Al—the police knew that,” she said.
“They were there to kill the police.”
Ms Dare also said she contacted the killers’ daughter, Madelyn, to reassure her it was ‘not her fault’, reported The courier mail.
Kerry Dare (pictured right, with late husband Alan Dare) said the trains did not intend to kill her husband, but were “there to kill the police”
Alan Dare was shot late last year during the intense firefight at the remote Wiembilla site west of Brisbane, Queensland, after attempting to help his neighbors when he saw smoke billowing from the property.
Arriving at the scene, the hero discovered a police car on fire and attempted to use his phone to call for help before being brutally killed.
The tragedy has been described by police as “domestic terrorism” and the trains have been labeled as religiously motivated extremists.
Ms Dare, however, disagrees, saying the cop killers were ‘just neighbours’.
“That couple waved at me at the mailbox for two years,” she said.
Alan Dare was shot on December 12 by Stacey, Gareth and Nathaniel Train at a Wiembilla estate (pictured)
“When[Stacey]got stuck, Al said the guy came down and kind of told him, ‘We’re here, buddy, you don’t have to help us anymore.’
“I never spoke to any of them… but they were just neighbors… I don’t even know which brother was which.”
Conspiracy theorists Nathaniel, Gareth and Stacey executed Mr. Dare and two junior police officers before being killed in a lengthy shootout with the Special Emergency Response Team.
During the aftermath of the massacre, Ms. Dare said she contacted Stacey and Nathaniel’s daughter, Madelyn.
Ms. Dare also revealed that in the aftermath of the shootings, she reached out to Stacey and Nathaniel’s daughter, Madelyn (pictured) to comfort her.
“I just let her know it wasn’t her fault,” she revealed.
“It’s not her fault that all this happened…I don’t believe it was Stacey’s fault either…but I wouldn’t say (Stacey) was innocent, not at all.”
Police confirm that Stacey Train played an active role in the massacre.
The widow said she constantly replays the night of her husband’s murder in her head, and admitted that at first she was so distraught that she could not be comforted.
“My voice is getting lighter every day.”
“As the days go by, things soften and there are things that are important and there are things that aren’t,” Ms. Dare said.
Kerry Dare (pictured center) is comforted at the funeral of her husband Alan Dare, the neighbor killed in the Wiembilla shooting
“I only feel like myself when people are around.
“The days here are great and the nights are getting easier.”
Alan Dare will be awarded Queensland’s highest police honor available to civilians on Saturday, and his family will accept the award on his behalf.
The Queensland Police Bravery Medal is generally awarded to officers for their acts of bravery in the face of grave danger, but is also awarded to civilians who display great bravery.
However, Ms Dare said her husband’s bravery award brought little comfort to her, but it will be an important opportunity for her grandchildren.
“My grandchildren told me, ‘I’ve never seen Poppy run from anything’.”
There are suggestions to convert the train’s house (pictured) into a training facility, but Ms. Dare thinks the property should be “bulldozed”
“I believed we could get through anything,” she added.
The ceremony will take place on Saturday at the Chinchilla Botanical Gardens, about 300 kilometers west of Brisbane.
Mr Dare got a heroic act in December when hundreds of people lined the streets at his funeral in his hometown of Ipswich.
Suggestions have been made by the Queensland Police Union to convert the train’s Wiembilla site into a training facility, with Ms Dare saying that while she would support the redevelopment, she would be against firing weapons.
“I shouldn’t have to put up with that,” she said.
“The house needs to be bulldozed. The trains slaughtered people there.”