The brother of a woman who was murdered by her poor ex-partner who poured gasoline over their three children opened up in an emotional interview about his “beautiful sister.”
Hannah Clarke was burned alive with her three children after her abusive husband, Rowan Charles Baxter, set fire to their car at the school run in Brisbane on Wednesday morning.
The 31-year-old suffered from burns to 97 percent of her body – leaving the soles of her feet alone.
Her brother Nathaniel, parents Lloyd and Suzanne sat down with A Current Affair just two days after Hannah and her children were cruelly taken away.
Hannah Clarke was burned alive with her three children after her abusive husband, Rowan Charles Baxter, set fire to their car at the school run in Brisbane on Wednesday morning
The 31-year-old suffered from burns to 97 percent of her body – leaving the soles of her feet alone. Hannah’s brother Nathaniel is depicted with her footprint
The family said they find strength in each other and hope that the tragic loss of lives will not be in vain.
Nathaniel spoke about his plans to launch a campaign to raise awareness about violence against women and to help victims of domestic violence.
“So my sister was so badly burned that all she could do if a memorabilia of her was a footprint,” he explained.
“Because her feet were only a part of her body that wasn’t burned. They couldn’t even get a handprint or anything from her.
“So we want the symbol of her foot to be somehow a symbol of her and her legacy.”
In a massacre that rocked Australia, Baxter attacked his family in Camp Hill after experiencing years of emotional, sexual, and financial abuse with his wife.
Hannah’s brother Nathaniel (photo) spoke about his plans to launch a campaign to raise awareness and help victims of domestic violence
Hannah Clarke is depicted with daughters Aaliyah and Laianah
Despite heroic attempts by passersby, their children Aaliyah, 6, Laianah, 4 and Trey, 3 all died on the spot.
Their mother died in the hospital on Wednesday evening.
During the interview, Hannah’s father Lloyd suggested that the charity could be called “Small Steps For Hannah.”
“Something happened to me then. With the footprint, I really think I want small steps, “he said.
“We know it will happen overnight. Maybe something like small steps for Hannah. ”
Lloyd Clarke (photo left) next to his wife Suzanne (center) and son Nat (right) suggested that the charity could be called ‘Small Steps For Hannah’
The shocking suicide that has left Australia unfolded just meters from the home of Mrs. Clarke’s parents in Raven Street, Camp Hill, bringing her children to school
Nat called for more attention to be paid to the signs of domestic violence – and said that his sister was “manipulated” and “controlled” by her husband.
“Not all domestic violence is physical,” he said.
“Mental is probably one of the most difficult to pick up.
‘I just want everyone to know how much a beautiful person my sister was.
“How wonderful her children were. That this is such a tragic event that I hope that future people do not have to go through it. ”
Hannah (photo, left) with her mother Suzanne Clarke
A sanctuary grows on the scene where Hannah and her three children were immersed in fuel and set on fire, while one person left a gripping sign about domestic violence
Nat also paid tribute to Hannah on Thursday in an emotional Facebook post.
‘RIP your beautiful souls. Yesterday I let my sister, nephew, and two nieces get rid of me in the worst way by a heartless monster they called their father, “he wrote.
‘I am now trying to help raise awareness about #violenceagainstwomen, because such monsters often get away with it.
“I’m also trying to raise money for my father and mother who have ever given something that they own to help my sister try to get away from this monster.”
A fundraising campaign made by Nat’s wife on Facebook raised more than $ 150,000 in two days.
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:
Ex-NRL star 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.
WHO WAS ROWAN BAXTER?
Rowan Baxter was a former NRL player who once had a contract with the New Zealand Warriors.
He was a member of the President’s Selection 2005 pre-season team and spent the last 20 years of his life in the sports and fitness industry.
He grew up in Tauranga, on the North Island of New Zealand, before moving to Australia.
Baxter lived in Brisbane alongside his wife, Hannah, and three children until as recently as late last year, when the couple broke up.
The 42-year-old opened a gym, Intergr8 and CrossFit SMC in Capalaba, with his wife, but the couple closed it when they worked through their split.
Former Brisbane Broncos players Sam Thaiday and Matt Gillett are known to train in the gym.
The company website of the former athlete described him as an experienced body weight trainer for NRL and AFL teams.
Unsuspecting family and friends believed he was a loving and dedicated father.