Hannah Clarke was doused in gasoline and set on fire as she used her last moments in life to tell the police in detail about her violent estranged husband.
The 31-year-old had just watched Rowan Charles Baxter murder their three children after ambushing the family at their Brisbane morning school on February 19.
Baxter dipped their car with gasoline and set it on fire. Aaliyah, six, Laianah, four, and Trey, three, were killed on the spot.
Hannah, who jumped from the driver’s seat of her car and shouted ‘he poured gasoline on me’, later died in hospital with burns to 97 percent of her body.
Hannah Clarke was doused in gasoline and set on fire as she used her last moments in life to tell the police in detail about her violent estranged husband. Hannah is shown with her grandmother and children Trey, three, Laianah, four, and Aaliyah, six
Hannah had just watched Rowan Charles Baxter (left) kill their three children after ambushing the family at their Brisbane morning school in February.
Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll said the mother of three showed “ amazing courage and heroism ” until her last breath by giving police a detailed account of the horrific events she endured.
It sums up who Hannah is. She was strong. She was determined and she was brave. And I think she is to the core, ”Mrs. Carroll recalled The courier post.
‘She was determined, I mean, clearly in unbelievable pain, right up to the moment she passed, just to get the details correct.’
Ms. Carroll said the “strong evidence” will serve the police well as they investigate the horrific murder that turned Australia upside down.
Baxter dipped their car with gasoline and set it on fire. Aaliyah, 6, Laianah, 4, and Trey, 3, were killed on the spot
Hannah’s statement was filmed through a police officer’s camera and the footage will be viewed by investigators. Mrs. Carroll said she has not seen the vision.
“It’s probably the most poignant thing you could ever see,” she said.
Hannah’s father Lloyd said Hannah made detailed statements to emergency services three times before she died.
Despite burns to most of her body, the 31-year-old walked to a stretcher herself, recounting the shocking events that had occurred.
She passed out on her way to Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, but woke up in intensive care, where she retold the story of Baxter’s attack.
Lloyd said his daughter wanted the ‘monster’ caught for the murders and probably did not know he had died.
Pictured: Flowers and a ‘stop domestic violence’ sign are placed on-site in Brisbane
Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll (pictured) said the mother of three showed ‘amazing courage and heroism’ to her last breath by giving police a detailed account of the horrific events she endured
Lloyd and his wife Suzanne want their daughter to be remembered as a hero who tried to protect her children, rather than a victim.
The attack that killed Hannah and her family led to increased efforts to end domestic violence.
Ms. Carroll said the attack was particularly severe for the emergency services responding, adding that the scene was one of the worst things a police officer could see in his career.
Hannah and the children were killed on February 19 when Baxter hid in her parents’ front yard at Camp Hill, where she and the children lived, and ambushed them while driving the children to school and daycare.
The children died in the car while Hannah managed to free herself, but later died in hospital. Baxter died on the spot from self-inflicted knife wounds.
Hannah Clarke is pictured with her two daughters Aaliyah, six, and Laianah, four
Pictured: A tow truck removes the car that Baxter burned in Brisbane on Feb. 19, 2020
Hannah and her three children were buried in one coffin during their funeral service in March.
Hannah’s brother Nathaniel gave a eulogy, remembering his sister as “one of the greatest mothers to walk this earth.”
“I’ve loved you since the day I was born,” Nathaniel said.
“We weren’t brother and sister, we were friends.”
He remembered the family’s last foray to Sea World, three days before Hannah and the children were murdered.
“The day was pure enjoyment,” he said.
‘They were the best memories, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.
“I’m so sorry I couldn’t protect you Hannah, Aaliyah, Laianah, and Trey.”
1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732)
Lifeline 13 11 14
BRISBANE MURDER-SUICIDE: HOW RURAL RAMPAGE UNFOLDED
Queensland Police officers are being called for an incident of family violence allegedly involving the couple.
WEDNESDAY 19 FEBRUARY – EARLY MORNING:
Rowan Charles Baxter, 42, is spotted 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 prepares to drop off school in Raven Street, Camp Hill, a wealthy Brisbane suburb.
He baptizes Mrs. Clarke, 31, and their three children – Aaliyah, six, Laianah, four, and Trey, three – in gasoline and turns the car on.
Neighbors hear an explosion that sounded like a ‘gas cylinder’ explosion. At least four explosions followed.
Baxter takes a knife from the SUV and stabs himself in the chest.
He tries to stop neighbors from saving his wife and children before they die on the street.
Mrs. Clarke escapes from the burning car and shouts, “He poured gasoline on me.”
Shocked witnesses watch her skin peel off her body.
A heroic neighbor hoses her in an attempt to save her life and suffers burns herself.
She is rushed to Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in critical condition.
Mrs. Clarke dies in hospital from the terrible burns she suffered in the quadruple murder suicide.