‘Chin up bro’: the last post of a friend for father of three who was burned to death with his children
A friend of the former NRL player who was suspected to “burn his family alive” in their car on Wednesday, told him to keep his “chin” up a few days before the massacre.
In a horrifying last post on social media where problems were mentioned at home, the friend of three told the father ‘everything will be fine’.
Former rugby star Rowan Baxter died with his three children, Laianah, Aaliyah and Trey, when the family’s white SUV was set on fire in Camp Hill, near Brisbane.
The horror began on Wednesday morning, with neighbors allegedly hearing his terrified wife Hannah shout “he poured gas on me” from the car.
Hannah Baxter (photo, far left) fights for her life after her estranged husband Rowan (middle) died with their three children on Wednesday
Just four days before the tragedy, family friend Joey Abraham told him to keep his “chin up” and say “everything will be fine”
A friend told Daily Mail Australia that Baxter suffered from depression after his divorce with his wife and “had become a shadow of the person he used to be.”
He blamed the disintegration of the family for the tragedy and said it had “made Baxter crazy.”
Family friend Joey Abraham said: “He said he had not seen his children for a few months when he and his wife separated.
“She had found a new partner. Rowan was in a bad place there because of the divorce.
“I know it hurt him so much that it’s just unbelievable that he could do this.
“If you knew Rowan when he was at his best and to see him like last week, you know how far he fell. He was just a shadow of the person he was.
Rowan Baxter (photo, center, right) reportedly set fire to his family car with his children Laianah, Aaliyah and Trey in it
The car was set on fire in Camp Hill near Brisbane (photo) on Wednesday morning, killing three children and their father
‘They were beautiful children, they were a beautiful family.
They had a company together, they had everything together. “
Just four days ago, Mr. Abraham – who has known the family for 10 years – left a cryptic message on Facebook under a photo of his young son, Trey.
“Chin up brother everything will be fine,” the friend wrote.
‘Hold on, my brother, many people care about you and the situation you are confronted with. We all send our thoughts and best wishes to you my friend. ”
He explained that Baxter “struggled” and “suffered from depression” before the massacre.
Rowan Baxter (photo, center right) reportedly set fire to his family car, killing himself and his three children
Neighbors near the scene on Camp Hill, Brisbane (photo) reported hearing the desperate screams of a woman, presumably the wife of Baxter, Hannah
The horrific incident occurred Wednesday morning at Camp Hill in southeastern Brisbane (photo)
The couple recently broke up and closed the training activities they ran together, Integr8 Fitness.
Mrs. Baxter, the mother of the children, drove in the car and is in a critical condition in the hospital after serious burns.
Neighbors heard a series of huge explosions shortly after 8 am and watched with horror as Mrs. Baxter, dressed in her sportswear, managed to clamber out of the car.
She was quickly injected by a good Samaritan neighbor who came to her aid.
Baxter, a former New Zealand player, is believed to have stabbed himself with a knife during the horrific attack on his family.
This Kia Sportage (photo) went up in flames on Wednesday at 8.20 am in Camp Hill, in the southeast of Brisbane.
Rowan Baxter (photo, left) reportedly set fire to his car and killed all three of his children
Residents reported that early this morning they heard an explosion that sounded like a ‘gas bottle’.
At least four explosions followed.
Wendy Antoniou, who lives in different houses, told Daily Mail Australia: “I thought something had landed on my roof, it was like BANG – I could feel the vibration.”
“I came by the side window – well, I almost died bloody. The fire department was everywhere, the ambulance was everywhere.
“I could only see the smoke. I didn’t know if it was a house on fire or something. Apparently this car exploded.
Mrs. Baxter (photo) is seen on vacation with her three children. The trio died on Wednesday morning while their mother fights for her life
“First of all I couldn’t even see the flames – then I could see all these flames high in the sky!”
Another resident said he thought he heard the sound of a smoke alarm going off. but became increasingly worried as the moments passed.
“I thought it might be a mill or something … then (after three or four minutes) I saw the smoke coming and people started making noises.”
He described the scene of the woman who was washed down by a neighbor as ‘quite confronting for all involved, extremely confronting for the residents’.