The courageous final moments of murdered mother Hannah Clarke were revealed after she was ambushed and burned alive by her estranged husband, who took away her dreams of becoming a police officer.
Simon Farmer – a family friend who was in intensive care with Hannah when she died after wounds up to 97 percent of her body – described the final minutes of the devoted mother in detail.
“She stayed there … Until the last heartbeat brought a tidal wave of sadness and anger,” he wrote on social media.
“You must all know how strong she was, she fought so hard.”
Mrs. Clarke, 31, died after Rowan Baxter, 42, set fire to her car while dropping their children Laianah, four years old, Aaliyah, six, and Trey, three, at school.
Mrs. Clarke and her children, Laianah (below) Aaliyah (above) and Trey (in the hands of his mother) were killed by the hands of their father
Family image of Hannah Clarke seriously injured by Rowan Baxter who died in the car fire with the three children
The three young people died on the spot. Their father then committed suicide next to the car when he knew his bad deed had been done.
Hannah was rushed to the hospital, Mr. Farmer saying that the only part of his friend that wasn’t burned was her foot.
“We were in the ICU and we knew there was no hope,” the father of the three said The Australian.
Family friend Simon Farmer with his wife Lou and two of their children
“The nurse raised the footprint and said,” This is all we could get. ”
He said that Hannah’s remaining footprint will serve as an important message in her legacy: Small Steps for Hannah.
“It was just an incredibly powerful moment,” he said.
Sergeant David Beard shared the 31-year-old dream of becoming a police officer during a Sunday night vigil in Brisbane to mourn the loss of the family of four.
Hannah had talked about her plans in a Police Citizens Youth Club during a visit to a friend the day before she burned to death.
Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll said that Hannah’s courage and heroism were the merits of an excellent officer.
“Until her death, Hannah showed amazing courage and heroism, ensuring that our police and emergency services on the ground gave a detailed explanation of the horrific events that took place, leading to the death of her three children and ultimately herself,” Commissioner Said. Carroll.
“The nurse raised the footprint and said,” This is all we can get, “said Simon Farmer – a family friend who was in intensive care with Hannah when she died
Community members laid flowers at crosses with the names of Hannah and her children at the vigil
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (left), parents of Hannah Clarke Lloyd and Suzanne Clarke (center) and police commissioner Katarina Carroll (right) at the wake
“Hannah’s determination to provide our police with the information they needed to ensure that justice should be served is really the kind of person that Hannah was.” She was strong, she was determined, she was brave.
“How lucky that we would have been to the Queensland Police to have welcomed someone with those attributes into our police family.”
Three days before the four-fold murder-suicide, Baxter told a friend he would do “nothing stupid,” Sydney Morning Herald reported.
The couple spoke for two hours because the friend feared that Baxter was suicidal after his estranged wife Hannah Clarke took a domestic order against him.
During the interview, Baxter revealed that he was devastated that he was not allowed to see his children.
Speaking of Mrs. Clarke, he said “she can do what she wants from me, but don’t take my children away from me, that’s all I have left in life,” the friend told the paper.
The friend also revealed that when they broke up after the meeting, he warned Baxter to “do nothing stupid.”
A police officer speaks during a wake to remember the murdered mother. Thousands of mourners attended the event
Lloyd Clarke is comforted by his son Nat at the community watch-up for his daughter Hannah and her three children
“The last thing I said to him when he walked away was” buddy, don’t do anything stupid “and he turned a little while he walked away and he just said” no buddy, I’m not going to do anything stupid. ” I kind of thought he could harm himself, “he said.
The friend said that Baxter had extreme depressions that made him a “monster” three days later.
“If someone told me that Rowan was capable of that, I would not tell his children in any way. He loved his children more than anything else in the world, “the friend said.
More than 1,000 mourners gathered at Whites Hill State College at Camp Hill – just a few blocks away from the murder scene.
Dressed in pink – Hannah’s favorite color – her father Lloyd Clarke and brother, Nat, thanked the public for their support at the Sunday night vigil.
“We would have felt lost without all your support,” the distraught father said.
“I don’t know how we can pay back that kindness.”
He described the last week as the “most difficult of their lives.”
Hannah Clarke’s brother Nathaniel Clarke restrains tears while holding his young son during the wake for his murdered sister
Lloyd and Suzanne Clarke, parents of Hannah Clarke, break off at a wake to remember their murdered daughter
“We may not all know you, but you embraced our family when our entire world collapsed, and we are genuinely grateful for that,” he said.
“While I’m experiencing this really difficult time, my family and I are forever grateful to our neighbors and those who were first on the scene and desperately trying to help Hannah and the children.
‘You have done selflessly and without hesitation what you could do to save them. I don’t know how we can pay back such kindness, except to say that we will be eternally grateful. You have restored the belief that there are many good and decent people in the world. “
Mr. Clarke spoke of his pride in everything his daughter managed to achieve before her life was cut off.
He also thought about the joy his three grandchildren brought him.
Many who spoke to the crowd spoke of Hannah’s courage and love.
Hannah Clarke is standing on the beach with her daughters Laianah and Aaliyah
Crosses with mother’s names and young people burned alive by their father are flooded with flowers of mourners
Although many tried to remember the best of Mrs. Clarke and her children, many could not hide their grief from one of the worst acts of domestic violence Australia has ever seen.
A multitude of flowers and children’s toys were placed in front of the vigil, while hundreds of condolences were written by a community that was still in shock.
Nikki Brookes was a friend of Mrs. Clarke, and had to hold back her tears when she spoke to the crowd.
She called on the community not to turn a blind eye to domestic violence.
“We are a nation in pain,” she said.
“Don’t leave your friends for convenience.
More than 1000 people turn out to be a vigil for Hannah Clarke and her three children Aaliyah, 6, Laianah, 4 and Trey, 3, in Brisbane
The family car (photo) is removed from the scene in Camp Hill, Brisbane, after Hannah Clarke and her three children were set on fire
“The time is up for domestic violence.”
Baxter threw their car in gasoline and lit it while Hannah dropped the kids off at school.
The youth died on the spot while Hannah succumbed later that day to her horrific burns in the hospital.
Baxter stabbed himself in the chest and died of his injuries.
The Story Bridge, Victoria Bridge and the Town Hall in Brisbane were also lit with pink lights to honor the family.
The Story Bridge in Brisbane is lit pink in memory of Hannah Clarke and her children. Pink was her favorite color
The Victoria Bridge is seen in pink illuminated in the CBD of Brisbane in honor of Hannah Clarke and her three children who are immersed in gasoline and set on fire
The location where the vigil was held was the former school of Hannah.
She was the captain of the school, the winner of So You Think You Can Dance 2008. Jack Chambers.
“What a heartbreaking news yesterday. A monstrous crime that makes you sick! Hannah and I were school captains in our last school year, 15 years ago, “he wrote on Facebook in a moving tribute.
“That would be the last time I actually saw or spoke to Hannah Clarke – so even though I didn’t know her in our adult lives, I will always remember her as the kind, strong, and driven teenager she was. If you want to show your support to the Clarke family, you can donate below. ”
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BRISBANEIC KILLER-KILLER: HOW COWARDL RAMPAGE PERFORMED
Queensland Police officers are summoned for an incident involving family violence involving the couple.
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 19 – EARLY MORNING:
Rowan Charles Baxter, 42, is seen filling a jerry can with fuel at a local gas station.
Baxter dives into the white Kia Sportage of his estranged wife Hannah Clarke as she prepared to drop off the school in Raven Street, Camp Hill, a rich suburb of Brisbane.
He extinguishes Mrs. Clarke, 31, and their three children – Aaliyah, six, Laianah, four, and Trey, three – in gas and turns on the car.
Neighbors hear an explosion that sounded like a ‘gas bottle’ explosion. At least four explosions followed.
Baxter takes a knife from the SUV and stabs himself in the chest.
He tries to prevent neighbors from saving his wife and children before he dies on the street.
Mrs. Clarke escapes the burning car and shouts, “He poured gas on me.”
Startled witnesses see her skin peel off her body.
A heroic neighbor washes her down in an attempt to save her life and suffers from burns herself.
She is being brought to Royal Brisbane and the Women’s Hospital in a critical condition.
Mrs. Clarke dies in the hospital because of the terrible burns she sustained during the suicide of the four-fold murder.