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Investigation into ‘monster’ Ryan Geoffrey Cole continues as tributes flow for Mackay murder victim Natalie Frahm

Investigation into ‘monster’ Ryan Geoffrey Cole continues as tributes flow for Mackay murder victim Natalie Frahm

Investigation into ‘monster’ Ryan Geoffrey Cole continues as tributes flow for Mackay murder victim Natalie Frahm

A shocked Queensland community has rallied around two girls after a neighbor allegedly shot dead a woman in front of them in her car.

Tributes have poured in for Natalie Frahm after the 34-year-old was murdered in the driveway of her home in Mackay on Wednesday afternoon.

Frahm was in the car preparing to leave for a sporting event when Ryan Geoffrey Cole allegedly shot him, with the girls in the back seat.

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Cole, 31, is also accused of shooting a good Samaritan after the girls, ages 11 and 12, escaped from the vehicle and raised the alarm.

James McGill, 66, was visiting his elderly mother who lived nearby when he came to Frahm’s aid after the girls asked for help.

He suffered injuries to his hand and chest after Cole allegedly shot him, but is stable in hospital following surgery.

Cole was a neighbor but did not know Frahm, police said, and a motive for the alleged attacks has not yet been established.

“We are working very hard to investigate Mr Cole’s background… To find out what his movements were before and after the incident so that we can establish what may have been a contributing factor,” Acting Detective Superintendent Emma Novosel said. on Friday.

“As you can imagine, this is a complex investigation. “We are going to be very methodical in trying to determine what the cause was.”

A revolver-style weapon that Cole allegedly used to kill Frahm has not been found, Novosel said.

Nicholas Vanderzee, owner of Mang Gon Thai Boxing and a friend of Frahm, said Frahm never mentioned his neighbor and alleged killer Cole.

Vanderzee said Frahm was a dedicated and beloved member of the club who started in the sport almost two years ago when his son joined.

Mackay woman Natalie Frahm was allegedly shot dead.
Mackay woman Natalie Frahm was allegedly shot dead. Credit: 7NEWS
The incident in South Mackay on Wednesday night prompted an emergency lockdown.
The incident in South Mackay on Wednesday night prompted an emergency lockdown. Credit: 7NEWS

“She used to come and leave him and she would watch. “She quite liked what she saw,” she told 7NEWS.

“We encourage parents to join and start training. There is nothing better than a father training with his children.

“She started and absolutely fell in love with Muay Thai… She loved the training, she loved being pushed, she knew what she was capable of doing.”

Vanderzee said she was “speechless” when she was told of Frahm’s “heartbreaking” death.

“She was a beautiful person. Absolutely beautiful person. “She had a beautiful smile and she was a very nice being,” she said.

“We are going to miss her very much.”

The club also set up a GoFundMe fundraiser for the girls, and more than $9,000 had already been pledged by Friday.

Mackay Mayor Greg Williamson said the community is “stunned” by the “random and outrageous act of violence”.

Frahm’s parents flew in from Mount Isa and floral tributes began arriving outside their home in South Mackay.

Support has been provided to the two girls as the South Mackay community also attempts to process the incident.

“The two girls who were in the back of the car and ran for help are going to live with this for the rest of their lives,” Williamson said.

“It’s going to be a grieving process that will take a long time to resolve… but in the coming days the community will come together.”

The mayor praised the bravery of the girls and McGill, who approached the alleged gunman after responding to his calls for help.

“How good was that? I think it’s a typical Australian reaction – you come in and help,” she said.

Natalie Frahm and Nicholas Vanderzee.
Natalie Frahm and Nicholas Vanderzee. Credit: Supplied
Ryan Geoffrey Cole, 31 years old.
Ryan Geoffrey Cole, 31 years old. Credit: 7NEWS

Cole is accused of shooting Frahm and McGill before leaving, prompting a lockdown and police chase.

He was later arrested at a nearby gas station and on Thursday was charged with murder and attempted murder.

Police are investigating how Cole allegedly gained access to a firearm after his gun license was revoked three years ago.

“I don’t think there is a single person in Queensland whose heart doesn’t break for Natalie, her family and friends,” Queensland Police Minister Mark Ryan said.

“It will always be impossible to rationalize a monster’s decision-making.

“This person had firearms illegally. His gun license had been cancelled. The police had taken those weapons away from him.

“Part of the investigation will look at how he may have come into possession of this illegal firearm… but we have to allow police to do that job.”

Cole was remanded in custody as his matter was mentioned at Mackay Magistrates Court on Friday, with his next hearing due to take place in July.