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Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Community Left In Heartbreak And Disbelief After South Mackay Homicide

By Hannah McNamara

Last Wednesday afternoon, tragedy struck the quiet streets of Robb Place in South Mackay, leaving the community in utter disbelief and sorrow.

Natalie Jane Frahm, a 34-year-old mother, tragically lost her life in an act of senseless violence allegedly perpetrated by Ryan Geoffrey Cole, 31.

Cole has been accused of fatally shooting Natalie in the head and chest as she arrived home in her vehicle, a scene witnessed by two young girls in the back seat of Ms Frahm’s vehicle, who fortunately escaped from the gunman with no physical harm.

The police investigation revealed that there was no known prior connection between Natalie and Cole, other than the fact that the two resided near one another.

James Trevor McGill, aged 66 courageously came to Natalie's aid but was also shot in the hand and sternum. Mr McGill sustained serious injuries but is now in a stable condition.

The incident unfolded on Wednesday 19 June at 4:36pm, prompting an intensive response from emergency services and police.

While many locals were attending the busiest day of the Mackay Show, Robb Place and surrounding streets were placed under an emergency declaration as police initiated a search for Cole, who fled the scene but was later arrested at a nearby service station along the Bruce Highway, allegedly in the drive-thru of a fast-food restaurant.

Mayor Greg Williamson commended the police for their effective response in apprehending the dangerous suspect so quickly.

Since the incident, QPS has confirmed that three firearms have been located at a Robb Place address, with one of those weapons reportedly identified as the firearm used in the homicide. Cole appeared before Magistrate Damian Dwyer in the Mackay Magistrates Court via video link charged with murder and attempted murder and was remanded in custody.

In the aftermath of Natalie's tragic death, tributes poured in from various quarters of the community.

Members of the boxing community expressed their deep sorrow over her passing, highlighting her infectious smile, dedication to Muay Thai, and her supportive presence among fellow gym-goers.

Natalie's memory will live on through the stories shared by those who knew and loved her as the community strives to heal and support one another in the wake of this heartbreaking loss.

A message to Natalie: “You were by far one of the most supportive people I’ve met and you were so genuine, you always had such a positive mindset and impact and always pushed others to do their best…you will always be with me in my heart... I love you so much Natty and I know you’re looking down on us and smiling,” – Tiffany Mulligan.

Police cordoned off Robb Place in South Mackay last week following an alleged homicide. Photo credit: Amanda Wright

Tiffany Mulligan (left) pictured with Natalie Frahm. Image source: Tiffany Mulligan (Facebook)

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