'Death threats' before crash

THE sister of two brothers killed in a suspicious car crash hopes charges will be laid over the incident.

Police continue to investigate the crash, which claimed the lives of Gary and Fred Whearem at Glenalbyn.

Fred Whearem was farewelled at a funeral on Saturday, and a service will be held for Gary on Wednesday.

Sister Jane Rowley, of Wedderburn, said the community had been supportive during a trying time.

“I’m a bit depressed and sad,” she said.

“The family was really close.

“I haven’t been sleeping much and I’ve been on tablets to calm me down and help me sleep.

“Last night I didn’t take the tablets and I’ve been awake since probably 1.30am this morning. 
“I sat in the lounge and bawled my eyes out.”

Witnesses told police three vehicles had been travelling side-by-side on the Calder Highway moments before the January 4 crash.

Two vehicles collided and both hit a tree, leaving two dead and two injured.

Three people were arrested and released without charge.

Ms Rowley said there had been a long-running family dispute before the crash, which she said involved Gary’s ex-partner.

She said Gary had received death threats from someone connected to his former partner.

Ms Rowley said both had been injured in the crash.

“He’d been ringing Gary up for a while and making threats that he was going to kill him,” she said.

 “I hope they get what they deserve.

“That’s my opinion.

“I’ve lost my two brothers.”

Ms Rowley said Fred had been given a “good send off” at Saturday’s funeral.

“I was just too upset,” she said.

“I just walked in, sat up the front with my sister and my other brothers and my daughter.

“It was just too upsetting.”

Several of Gary’s workmates from JBS Australia abattoirs in Cobram will attend Wednesday’s funeral, which will be held at the Numurkah Lawn Cemetery at 2pm. Police have not laid charges over the crash and Ms Rowley said that could take more than 12 months.

Officers expect to interview about 10 people over the matter. 

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