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How Hannah Clarke’s dignified family fought through their tears to pay tribute to the murdered mum

Viewers across Australia were left in tears as Hannah Clarke’s family gift in an astoundingly dignified interview, just days after she was murdered by her husband.

The mother-of-three was burned alive alongside her young kids in a massacre which shocked Australia.

The husband, Rowan Charles Baxter, poured petrol into the family’s car during the school run on Wednesday morning at Camp Hill, Brisbane, and then lit the flame.

Lloyd Clarke (pictured, left) appeared on A Current Affair with his wife Suzanne (center) and son Wet (right) as they paid tribute to their family

Lloyd Clarke (pictured, left) appeared on A Current Affair with his wife Suzanne (center) and son Wet (right) as they paid tribute to their family

Lloyd Clarke (pictured, left) and Suzanne (right) are a meeting baby Trey for the first time, along with his big sister Aaliyah. Trey was up to that at three years old along with his sisters and mum

Lloyd Clarke (pictured, left) and Suzanne (right) are a meeting baby Trey for the first time, along with his big sister Aaliyah. Trey was up to that at three years old along with his sisters and mum

Lloyd Clarke (pictured, left) and Suzanne (right) are a meeting baby Trey for the first time, along with his big sister Aaliyah. Trey was up to that at three years old along with his sisters and mum

Hannah suffered from years of emotional, sexual and financial abuse before bravely deciding to leave Baxter in November to start a new life.

But the evil abuser was soon to make sure she would never be free.

Despite losing their three grandchildren and their daughter, her parents, Lloyd and Suzanne, bravely spoke out about the horrors of domestic violence.

The doting grandparents adored Hannah’s children Aaliyah, 6, Laianah, 4, and Trey, 3, and took them on days on fun-filled holidays and day trips.

Alongside Hannah’s brother Nat, the family announced they would launch a charity in the name to support other victims during a remarkable interview on A Current Affair on Friday night.

In words that left viewers in floods or tears, the family urged others to hold their loved ones close – and not let themselves be consumed by hate.

Suzanne Clarke (pictured) with Aaliyah, 6 and Laianah, 4 said her grandchildren were 'her world'

Suzanne Clarke (pictured) with Aaliyah, 6 and Laianah, 4 said her grandchildren were 'her world'

Suzanne Clarke (pictured) with Aaliyah, 6 and Laianah, 4 said her grandchildren were ‘her world’

Lloyd Clarke (pictured, left) was an active and involved granddad, often taking the kids out on day trips. He is seen with Aaliyah, 6 and Laianah, 4

Lloyd Clarke (pictured, left) was an active and involved granddad, often taking the kids out on day trips. He is seen with Aaliyah, 6 and Laianah, 4

Lloyd Clarke (pictured, left) was an active and involved granddad, often taking the kids out on day trips. He is seen with Aaliyah, 6 and Laianah, 4

“Everyone knows he was a monster,” Hannah’s brother Nat said.

“[But] don’t get caught up with the hate and everything.

‘Just spread the love that you have. Go home, hug someone. Hold them close.

‘Appreciate your children. If there’s someone who, a family member that for some reason you’ve fallen out with or whatever, just reach out.

‘Have a chat to them. See how they’re doing. That will be my best thing.

Suzanne Clarke (pictured) with granddaughters Aaliyah, 6 and Laianah, 4

Suzanne Clarke (pictured) with granddaughters Aaliyah, 6 and Laianah, 4

Lloyd Clarke (pictured with his granddaughter Aaliyah

Lloyd Clarke (pictured with his granddaughter Aaliyah

Suzanne and Lloyd Clarke (pictured) were loving grandparents to Aaliyah, 6, Laianah, 4 and Trey, 3

Lloyd Clarke (pictured, left, with his grandson Trey) was a hands-on grandpa to Hannah's three children

Lloyd Clarke (pictured, left, with his grandson Trey) was a hands-on grandpa to Hannah's three children

Lloyd Clarke (pictured, left, with his grandson Trey) was a hands-on grandpa to Hannah’s three children

‘Maybe take more action. Don’t wait for them to decide.

Contact someone that you do love, that you haven’t spoken to.

“And just share that love in some way. You don’t know what’s around the corner.

“You don’t.”

Despite heroic attempts by passersby, the children all died at the scene on Wednesday morning.

Their mother later died in hospital.

Hannah Clarke's parents Lloyd and Suzanne (pictured) gave a heartbreaking interview on Friday night

Hannah Clarke's parents Lloyd and Suzanne (pictured) gave a heartbreaking interview on Friday night

Hannah Clarke’s parents Lloyd and Suzanne (pictured) gave a heartbreaking interview on Friday night

Lloyd Clarke (pictured, left) enjoyed gardening with his grandchildren before the horrific murders

Lloyd Clarke (pictured, left) enjoyed gardening with his grandchildren before the horrific murders

Lloyd Clarke (pictured, left) enjoyed gardening with his grandchildren before the horrific murders

Hannah Clarke (pictured with daughters Aaliyah and Laianah) made a final emotional post on Instagram after breaking free from her abusive husband

Hannah Clarke (pictured with daughters Aaliyah and Laianah) made a final emotional post on Instagram after breaking free from her abusive husband

Hannah Clarke (pictured with daughters Aaliyah and Laianah) made a final emotional post on Instagram after breaking free from her abusive husband

Interviewer Tracy Grimshaw (pictured) was left in tears after the couple recalled their family's horrifying ordeal

Interviewer Tracy Grimshaw (pictured) was left in tears after the couple recalled their family's horrifying ordeal

Interviewer Tracy Grimshaw (pictured) was left in tears after the couple recalled their family’s horrifying ordeal

Hannah (pictured, left) with her mother Suzanne Clarke

Hannah (pictured, left) with her mother Suzanne Clarke

Hannah (pictured, left) with her mother Suzanne Clarke

The Clarke family’s incredible show of strength touched the hearts of viewers.

One wrote on Twitter: ‘If you want your heart ripped out of your body again, watch Hannah Clarke’s lovely parents and brother talk in depth about their murdered loved ones.

“So much love, so much is lost.”

Another added: ‘What an amazing family and cannot imagine how hard that interview was to do.

‘Australia we need to make a change and make it now. This violence and murder has to stop. “

“This ACA interview by Tracy Grimshaw with Hannah Clarke’s mum, dad, and brother, is devastating,” one woman wrote.

A shrine grows at the scene where Hannah and the three kids were doused in fuel and set alight, while one person leaves a poignant sign about domestic violence (pictured)

A shrine grows at the scene where Hannah and the three kids were doused in fuel and set alight, while one person leaves a poignant sign about domestic violence (pictured)

A shrine grows at the scene where Hannah and the three kids were doused in fuel and set alight, while one person leaves a poignant sign about domestic violence (pictured)

The shocking murder-suicide that has left Australia reeling unfolded just meters from the home of Ms. Clarke's parents on Raven Street, Camp Hill, as she drove the children to school

The shocking murder-suicide that has left Australia reeling unfolded just meters from the home of Ms. Clarke's parents on Raven Street, Camp Hill, as she drove the children to school

The shocking murder-suicide that has left Australia reeling unfolded just meters from the home of Ms. Clarke’s parents on Raven Street, Camp Hill, as she drove the children to school

‘So sad, such a candid, insightful account by this grieving family. Absolutely incredible. ”

Speaking to Daily Mail Australia, Hannah’s father called for greater protection for victims of domestic violence.

“The police have been great, they did as much as they could,” he said.

‘It’s laws that need to be changed, if someone has a serious DVO on them, they should have an ankle monitor.

If they come within the vicinity they should be notified. ‘

Hannah Clarke (pictured with her three children, aliyah, 6, Laianah, 4, and Trey, 3) died of her injuries on Wednesday

Hannah Clarke (pictured with her three children, aliyah, 6, Laianah, 4, and Trey, 3) died of her injuries on Wednesday

Hannah Clarke (pictured with her three children, aliyah, 6, Laianah, 4, and Trey, 3) died of her injuries on Wednesday

Lloyd Clarke (pictured, left) gift of a harrowing account of the murder-suicides, alongside his wife Suzanne (center) and son Nat (right)

Lloyd Clarke (pictured, left) gift of a harrowing account of the murder-suicides, alongside his wife Suzanne (center) and son Nat (right)

Lloyd Clarke (pictured, left) gift of a harrowing account of the murder-suicides, alongside his wife Suzanne (center) and son Nat (right)

In the remarkable interview, her parents revealed she suffered burns to 97 per cent of her body – with only the sole or one foot left untouched.

Hannah’s devastated mother revealed she briefly discussed writing a will, saying: “She said to me only last week,” Mum should I do a will?

‘What happens to my babies if he kills me? Because he’ll go to jail for murder, who gets my children? She said, ‘I want you and dad to have them or Nat. I don’t want his family to have them ‘.

Hannah Clarke pictured with the 'main man', son Trey in a beach snap

Hannah Clarke pictured with the 'main man', son Trey in a beach snap

Rowan Baxter and Hannah Clarke (pictured) are seen on their wedding day

Rowan Baxter and Hannah Clarke (pictured) are seen on their wedding day

Left: Hannah Clarke pictured with the ‘main man’, son Trey in a beach snap. Right: Mrs Baxter on her wedding with her husband

In the heartbreaking final Instagram post, Ms. Clarke said she wanted her daughters to 'grow up being strong women who understand their worth'

In the heartbreaking final Instagram post, Ms. Clarke said she wanted her daughters to 'grow up being strong women who understand their worth'

In the heartbreaking final Instagram post, Ms. Clarke said she wanted her daughters to ‘grow up being strong women who understand their worth’

‘I didn’t think he would hurt the kids. She was concerned he would kill her. I believed that could be possible. ”

The family said the dedicated mum would do anything for the young kids, and was working to start a new life for them.

Despite suffering burns to 97 per cent or her body during the horrific attack, she remarkably managed to cling to life long enough to file a police report.

‘She did everything for those kids, ‘her father Lloyd explained.

‘To the end she fought to make sure if he survived he got punished doing her babies. She was so good. ”

Aaliyah (left), 6, Laianah (right), 4, and Trey (center), 3, were killed in a quadruple murder-suicide on Wednesday morning when their father set their car alight on their way to school

Aaliyah (left), 6, Laianah (right), 4, and Trey (center), 3, were killed in a quadruple murder-suicide on Wednesday morning when their father set their car alight on their way to school

Aaliyah (left), 6, Laianah (right), 4, and Trey (center), 3, were killed in a quadruple murder-suicide on Wednesday morning when their father set their car alight on their way to school

Hannah Clarke (pictured with her three children, aliyah, 6, Laianah, 4, and Trey, 3) is a enjoying a day with her own grandmother (far left)

Hannah Clarke (pictured with her three children, aliyah, 6, Laianah, 4, and Trey, 3) is a enjoying a day with her own grandmother (far left)

Hannah Clarke (pictured with her three children, aliyah, 6, Laianah, 4, and Trey, 3) is a enjoying a day with her own grandmother (far left)

During one heart-wrenching moment, the family listened as interviewer Tracy Grimshaw read out Hannah’s final social media post – where she proclaimed she was a ‘survivor, not a victim’.

As the message was read out, the family clutched another’s hands and sobbed.

After finally breaking free from her evil husband, she said would ‘never let anyone mistreat her again’ and hoped her daughters would ‘grow up being strong women’.

Hannah had suffered at the hands of her abusive husband for more than 10 years, before finally leaving him in November.

Hannah Clarke and the three children were torched in their car on Wednesday morning by Rowan Baxter (all pictured together) who stabbed himself to death at the Camp Hill scene

Hannah Clarke and the three children were torched in their car on Wednesday morning by Rowan Baxter (all pictured together) who stabbed himself to death at the Camp Hill scene

Hannah Clarke and the three children were torched in their car on Wednesday morning by Rowan Baxter (all pictured together) who stabbed himself to death at the Camp Hill scene

Writing on social media during the new year period, she said: ‘I am a strong woman.

‘I don’t sit around feeling sorry for myself nor will I ever let anyone mistreat me again.

‘I don’t respond people who dictate to me or try to bring me down.

‘I am a survivor not a victim.

‘I am in control of my life and there is nothing I can’t achieve.

“My girls will grow up being strong women who understand their worth.”

The killer (pictured, center right) flooded his social media with pictures of his three children, giving the impression of a doting father

The killer (pictured, center right) flooded his social media with pictures of his three children, giving the impression of a doting father

The killer (pictured, center right) flooded his social media with pictures of his three children, giving the impression of a doting father

On Thursday morning dozens of family and friends visited the scene of the tragedy to pay tribute to the family (pictured)

On Thursday morning dozens of family and friends visited the scene of the tragedy to pay tribute to the family (pictured)

On Thursday morning dozens of family and friends visited the scene of the tragedy to pay tribute to the family (pictured)

Friends revealed Ms. Clarke was the victim of years of emotional, financial and sexual abuse.

Speaking to his father on camera, the brother Nat urged other families to always express their love for each other before it’s too late.

“One thing you always brought us up with was the last thing we say to each other is” I love you, “he said, directed to his father.

‘It doesn’t matter if you’re at work – just at work dad and I will always say’ I love you ‘, it doesn’t matter who is around.

‘You never know. I could screaming and getting the kids to school and I’ll be yelling but I’ll say ‘I love you’.

Aaliyah (left), 6, Laianah (right), 4, and Trey (center), 3, were murdered by their own father

Aaliyah (left), 6, Laianah (right), 4, and Trey (center), 3, were murdered by their own father

Aaliyah (left), 6, Laianah (right), 4, and Trey (center), 3, were murdered by their own father

Mourners pay their respects at a makeshift shrine near the scene. Mothers were seen kneeling by the flowers with children (pictured)

Mourners pay their respects at a makeshift shrine near the scene. Mothers were seen kneeling by the flowers with children (pictured)

Mourners pay their respects at a makeshift shrine near the scene. Mothers were seen kneeling by the flowers with children (pictured)

Speaking about ways they plan to honor Hannah, the devastated family described the charity they plan to launch in her name.

Before the death on Wednesday night, they had done prints of the sole or the foot – the only part of the body that wasn’t burned.

“My sister was so badly burned that the only thing they could do was like a memorabilia or her was a footprint,” her brother explained.

‘Because the soles or the feet were only part of the body that didn’t burn.

‘They couldn’t get a hand print or anything from her.

‘So we are wanting the symbol of her foot somehow to be a symbol for her and her legacy.

BRISBANE MURDER-SUICIDE: HOW COWARDLY RAMPAGE UNFOLDED

JANUARY, 2020

Queensland Police officers are called to a family violence incident that allegedly involved the couple.

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 19 – EARLY MORNING:

Ex-NRL star Rowan Charles Baxter, 42, is spotted filling with a jerry can with fuel at a local service station.

8.20AM:

Baxter dives into his estranged wife Hannah Clarke’s white Kia Sportage as she was preparing to drop the school off on Raven Street, Camp Hill, a wealthy suburb of Brisbane.

He douses Ms. Clarke, 31, and their three children – Aaliyah, six, Laianah, four, and Trey, three – in petrol and sets the car alight.

Neighbors hear an explosion which sounded like a ‘gas bottle’ blast. At least four explosions followed.

Baxter grabs a knife from the SUV and stabs himself in the chest.

He tries to stop neighbor from saving his wife and children before dying in the street.

Ms. Clarke escapes the burning car and screams: “He’s poured petrol on me.”

Horrified witnesses see the skin peeling off the body.

One heroic neighbor hoses down in an attempt to save her life and suffers burns himself.

She is rushed to Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in a critical condition.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT:

Ms. Clarke dies in hospital from the horrendous burns she suffered in the quadruple murder suicide.

WHO WAS ROWAN BAXTER?

Rowan Baxter was an ex-NRL player once contracted to the New Zealand Warriors.

He was a member of the President’s Selection 2005 pre-season team and worked in the sports and fitness industry for the last 20 years of his life.

He was raised in Tauranga, on New Zealand’s North Island, 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 separated.

The 42-year-old opened a gym, Intergr8 and CrossFit SMC in Capalaba, with his wife, but the pair closed it down as they worked through their split.

Former Brisbane Broncos players Sam Thaiday and Matt Gillett have been known to train in the gym.

The ex-sportsman’s business website described him as an accomplished body weight trainer for NRL and AFL teams.

Unsuspecting family and friends believed he was a loving and dedicated father.

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