Wieambilla shooting funeral: Alan Dare’s daughter shares emotional tribute hours before Ipswich funeral
The family of shooting victim Alan Dare will say goodbye to their “hero” at a funeral in Ipswich on Friday.
The 58-year-old was killed last week when he was gunned down by his neighbors as he walked to their Wieambilla estate to search for a fire.
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Now family and friends will remember Dare when he receives a Queensland Police Force Medal for Bravery.
His daughter Renee Richards described her father as the family hero.
“It was super tough,” she told Sunrise on Friday morning.
“He was always our hero, but now he’s everyone’s hero.
“It’s good that everyone knows his face now, but it’s super sad.”
Richards said her father always loved helping people.
“He’s always done that, he’s always gone to help and see what he can do and see if he can help people,” she said.
“We don’t need a medal to know he was a hero, but it’s good that he gets one.
“It’s so hard to understand, everything is happening at the same time.”
Richards thanked the community for their family’s incredible support during this difficult time.
“We have so many people who care…talking to us and offering their support,” she said.
“There was just so much caring in that community … it was really good.”
Dare’s grandchildren are still trying to make sense of the horrifying event, Richards said.
“They’re still processing it too, they still think he’s coming home,” she said.
“That’s something we need to talk to them about.”
A fire truck and about 50 classic Fords are expected to be on display at Dare’s funeral on Friday.
“He deserves all of this,” Dare’s widow, Kerry, told 7NEWS.
“He would never ask for it, but he deserved it.”
Local Ford enthusiasts organized a motorcade of vintage cars in his honor, while the local fire department, of which Dare was a part, will also send a truck.
Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk announced on Thursday that the state government will contribute to the funeral expenses, while Dare’s family will also receive the Queensland Police Force’s Medal of Bravery.
“We always knew he was brave, he didn’t need an award,” his widow said.
“But he would appreciate it. His grandchildren will appreciate it.”
When asked how she will remember her husband, Kerry Dare tearfully said: “He was my other half. He was the better half.”
A GoFundMe for his family has raised more than $90,000.
– With reports by Warren Barnsley
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