Stacey Train left her first husband Nathaniel to pursue a relationship with her brother Gareth, relatives say

The brothers behind the Wieambilla shooting that killed two police officers and a neighbor had previously fallen out after one started a relationship with the other’s wife, according to relatives.

Guardian Australia has confirmed Gareth Train’s wife Stacey previously married her brother Nathaniel when they were in their late teens in September 1995. All three were killed by tactical police on Monday.

Family members say Nathaniel and Stacey were high school sweethearts in Toowoomba, where both were involved in the independent evangelical church led by the brothers’ father, Pastor Ronald A Train.

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A few years after their marriage – after the birth of two children – Stacey reportedly left Nathaniel to pursue a relationship with Gareth. The new relationship created a rift within the extended family, including between the brothers and their ultra-conservative father, whose church had strict views on marriage.

Gareth and Stacey would later spend time in Proston, a small community in the South Burnett, Cairns and Mount Isa area, where Gareth worked as a school gardener.

About seven years ago, Gareth and Stacey bought the Wieambilla property where filming took place.

Stacey worked as Proston School Principal and Curriculum Officer at Tara Shire State College, not far from Wieambilla, until her resignation last year. She no longer held a teaching license.

A former colleague told Guardian Australia that Stacey resigned due to the Queensland Government’s vaccination mandate for teachers, which came into effect this year. Gareth’s posts indicate a belief that Covid vaccinations were ‘not good’.

It’s unclear what brought Nathaniel to his brother’s doorstep over the past year.

Stacey Train’s former colleague, who was not authorized to speak publicly by the Queensland Department of Education, says Stacey took several weeks off last year following Nathaniel’s heart attack , which would have occurred in August.

“Stacey disappeared for a few weeks because [Nathaniel] had a heart attack. It was really bad and she went to help him.

The colleague, however, said she would be shocked if Stacey was in a relationship with two men at the same time, given the strength of her religious views.

A relative of the Train brothers also said they were “too religious to believe in open relationships or polyamory.”

Stacey Train’s colleague said they worked closely together, and while they weren’t friends outside of school, she found her to be kind and supportive.

“I’m really having a hard time matching what happened and who she was.”

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It became clear last year that Stacey, along with a number of other staff, would be leaving school due to vaccination mandates, the colleague said.

“She didn’t walk around in her thoughts or anything like that, but we knew she had alternative views and was anti-vax, and there was a sense that there was a” big government interference” and things like that.

“I was trying to convince her to stay, and I said ‘I should hold you back and force you,’ and her face just dropped…and her eyes widened in horror.”

Stacey had said she wasn’t worried about having to quit “because they had enough money to survive for many, many years without working,” according to the former colleague.

“They were living off the grid and renovating the house; she was looking forward to all of this,” the colleague said.

“They were going to live well off this nest egg…but at the same time, she was devastated to have to leave.”

Police are trying to piece together the events leading up to Monday’s shooting. On Tuesday, the Guardian revealed that Gareth Train has a history of posting on conspiracy websites.

Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll told The Guardian on Wednesday that police would “question every aspect of these people’s lives”.

“Not just the last few weeks, but the last 12 months, years if need be. Talk to family. Talk to friends. Look at every part of their life to find out why this happened,” Carroll said. .

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