Tragic newborn detail after three shot dead in alleged property dispute

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A Queensland father allegedly shot dead alongside his mother and stepfather spent as little as three days with his newborn son, a family member has revealed.

Mervyn and Maree Schawrz, aged 71 and 59, and Maree's son Graham Tighe were fatally wounded on Thursday morning in an alleged property dispute with a neighbour at a remote farm in Bogie in the state's north.

Mr Tighe, 35, became a father to a baby boy three weeks ago, Ms Schwarz's brother-in-law Greg Austin told the Daily Mail, however he'd only spent three days with him after the child was kept in hospital in Brisbane because he was "crook".

Graham Tighe only spent up to three days with his newborn son before his death, family says. Source: Nine
Graham Tighe only spent up to three days with his newborn son before his death, family says. Source: Nine

"I reckon Graham only spent about three days with his son," Mr Austen told the publication.

"He's the first boy born that can carry on the Tighe family name."

Days after the child's birth, Mr Tighe's wife reportedly gushed over their family's latest addition on social media.

Mr Tighe's younger brother Ross was also shot in the alleged dispute, however survived, fleeing the scene and managing to call for help.

The alleged shooting occurred in North Queensland, near Bowen. Source: Nine
The alleged shooting occurred in North Queensland, near Bowen. Source: Nine
An elderly couple, Mervyn and Maree Schawrz, were killed in the attack in Bogie on Thursday. Source: Mackay Mercury.
An elderly couple, Mervyn and Maree Schawrz, were killed in the alleged shooting in Bogie on Thursday. Source: Mackay Mercury.

He was later airlifted to hospital for emergency surgery and remains in a serious condition.

Queensland Police confirmed on Friday a 59-year-old man has been charged with three counts of murder and another count of attempted murder.

He is expected to appear in the Proserpine Magistrates Court on Monday.

Police said the family had only purchased the vast property, which is about 2.5 hours southwest of Bowen, within the last 12 months.

Police allege a discussion between the neighbours had occurred the evening before the alleged shooting, before the 59-year-old allegedly invited the victims to his property for discussions.

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