Christchurch mosque attacker's mother moved to a secret location, leaves behind her dog
Fearing a revenge attack, authorities removed Brenton Tarrant's mother from her home in Grafton in New South Wales to a secret location
Sharon Tarrant, the mother of the 28-year-old right wing terrorist Brenton Tarrant, has reportedly been moved to a top-secret police protected location from her home in Australia after her son gunned down 49 Muslims at the Christchurch mosque attacks on Friday.
It was feared that Tarrant's mother may become a target of revenge, was taken away swiftly soon after she spoke to counter-terrorism police in Grafton, New South Wales on Friday night, Daily Mail Australia reported.
It appeared that Sharon was moved so quickly that she left behind her white Shih Tzu dog at her front porch. The dog is said to have looked sadly at what was going on and was seen sitting a couple of arm lengths away from two empty doggie bowls and his home.
The report says that Tarrant's mother was at work when the shootings happened. Sharon's partner, Gerald Tory, was also reportedly seen at the premises in Lawrence, Grafton on Saturday morning in his car. However, he remained inside.
The family is also in shock over the attacks. Joyce Tarrant, Tarrant's 94-year-old grandmother, said that she was in absolute shock of what her "good boy" had done.
"It's all very shocking, especially [it being] Brenton, he's a good boy," Joyce told Daily Mail Australia. "He was always nice and kind and was sure to visit us twice a year," she added.
Joyce also said that when she reportedly met him last Christmas, he had shown no signs of his right-wing extremist beliefs and that the whole family was really struggling to come to terms with what was referred to as the "darkest day" for New Zealand by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
Just hours before the attack, Tarrant had posted a 73-page manifesto online that talked about why he had carried out the attack. He said his reasons for the attack was to "show the invaders that our lands will never be their lands, our homelands are our own and that, as long as a white man still lives, they will NEVER conquer our lands and they will never replace our people."
He also mentioned why he picked New Zealand for the terror attack. "An attack in New Zealand would bring to attention the truth of the assault on our civilization, that no where (sic) in the world was safe, the invaders were in all of our lands, even in the remotest areas of the world and that there was no where (sic) left to go that was safe and free from mass immigration."