Donna Cox, left, the cousin of suspected Christchurch gunman Brenton Tarrant who is believed to have killed more than 50 people in an attack on two mosques, has said she believes he should die for what he has allegedly done.
The family of the man believed to be behind the death of 50 worshippers in a New Zealand mosque have said he deserves the death penalty.
Brenton Tarrant was arrested in connection with the attacks which were livestreamed on Facebook on Friday.
The 28-year-old was seen to smirk and give a sign associated with white supremacist groups as he was charged with one count of murder on Saturday.
And now, his cousin Donna Cox says it “hurts” to be related to him in an interview with Australia’s Sunday Night TV Show.
She said: “I know what he deserves. He deserves the death penalty for what he’s done. That hurts because he is family.
“Just what he’s putting his family through. That he is from… a very respected family, his mum, his dad, were pretty high in the community here.
“He wasn’t raised like that, but I’m not here to defend him. If I could ask him – I’d ask him why. How could you do that?
“That’s a twisted mind right there. You’d have to be to be able to do something like that.”
Tarrant’s mother and sister are understood to be under police protection following the horrific incident.
Ms Cox said as a child Tarrant was obsessed with violent computer games.
His father, who worked as a bin man, died from cancer in 2010.
After his father’s death, Tarrant began travelling around Europe.
Bulgarian and Turkish authorities are investigating his travel history, determining whether he had ulterior motives for frequenting their countries over the span of seven years.
But British security sources are not believed to be investigating potential links – despite some media reports.
New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern said Cabinet ministers had met and made an in-principle decision to tighten gun ownership but details still need to be worked out.
Ms Ardern also announced an inquiry into the country’s intelligence services.
Separately, a Christchurch gun shop acknowledged selling guns online to the alleged gunman.
At a news conference, Gun City owner David Tipple said the store sold four guns and ammunition through a “police-verified online mail order process”.
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The store “detected nothing extraordinary,” about the buyer, he said.
Meanwhile, Police Commissioner Mike Bush said police are certain a lone gunman was responsible for the shootings.
“I would like to state that we believe absolutely there was only one attacker responsible for this,” he told a news conference.
Tarrant will re-appear in New Zealand’s High Court on April 5, when he is expected to face extra charges.
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