Former NRL star Rowan Charles Baxter set fire to the car with his children in it while their mother fights for life
Weeks ago they were just three happy children playing with a ball in their father’s back yard.
But on Wednesday the police had the grim task of loading the charred bodies of Aaliyah, 6, Laianah, 4 and Trey, 3, into a funeral car.
They burned to death after their father, former NRL player Rowan Charles Baxter, set fire to the family car with them and their mother in it, before escaping the flames and stabbing himself in the stomach.
Former NRL player Rowan Charles Baxter set fire to the family car on Wednesday and killed his three children
Their small bodies were loaded into a funeral car when the police blocked the area
Hannah Baxter, 31, jumped out of the white SUV sunk in flames, shouting ‘he poured gas on me’ and was shot off by a heroic bystander.
She was taken to the hospital around 8.20 am from Raven Street, Camp Hill, in southeastern Brisbane, in a critical condition.
The police stormed the horrible scene that shocked residents in the quiet street, where Mrs. Baxter had been staying with her parents since their wedding fell apart during Christmas.
At around 4 p.m. officers loaded the heavily burned bodies of Baxter and his children in a van from New Haven Funerals, before they stumbled down the street.
Wellwishers, including town councilors, placed flowers and teddy bears with messages of love and sorrow in the neighborhood.
Just 3 km away in Carindale, the Baxter family home was quiet when forensic officers examined the small garage.
Flowers and toys were laid in memory of Aaliyah, six, Laianah, four and Trey, three
Shocked neighbors said they knew that the couple, who had been living in the rented house for at least a year, had split up but never expected violence
Basketball lay on the grass in the back garden and children’s clothes and bedding were hung on the clothesline.
Shocked neighbors said they knew that the couple, who had been living in the rented house for at least a year, had split up but never expected violence.
“They seemed like a nice happy family. He was always polite and said hello, “someone said.
“We would see them take the children to school and daycare.”
Hannah Baxter, 31, jumped out of the white SUV (photo) sunk in flames, shouting ‘he poured gas on me’ and was shot off by a heroic bystander
The mourners left messages to the victims on Wednesday
The Queensland police were summoned for an incident involving family violence involving the couple only last month, the courier post reported.
But neighbors said they had never heard a fight or even any of the couple shout at their children.
The only sound that filled the air were happy children playing in the back yard.
Friends said, however, that the disintegration hit the former New Zealand warrior hard and that he was in a bad place.
Mrs. Baxter stayed with her parents since her marriage to the former football player broke up during Christmas
Joey Abraham, a weightlifting friend, wrote to Baxter four days ago: “Chin up, brother, everything will be fine, stay there hang my friend.
“Many people care about you and the situation you are confronted with (sic).”
An angry Mr. Abraham told Daily Mail Australia after the incident: “Rowan was a bit out of place because of the divorce.
Around 4 p.m. officers loaded the heavily burned bodies of Baxter and his children in a New Haven Funerals van, before they slipped down the street
“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.
“It’s just unbelievable that he could do this. They were beautiful children, they were a beautiful family. “
After splitting the pair, they closed the company that they ran together, Integr8 Fitness, based in Capalaba.
Then simply stack them on an existing background.
Wellwishers, including city councilors, placed flowers and teddy bears with messages of love and sorrow