Devastated friends of a mother who died alongside her three children at the hands of their suicidal father, shed tears on the scene of the unspeakable act of evil.
Flowers and gifts have turned into an improvised sanctuary on Raven Street, in Camp Hill, Brisbane, after Rowan Baxter had massacred his entire family there on Wednesday by flaring a car with his children and wife in it.
One of Hannah Clarke’s ruined friends visited the scene Thursday afternoon. She sank to her knees and cried beside the growing pile of flowers on the scorched grass.
“At least she’s with her babies. They didn’t deserve this, “she said.
The woman was so overwhelmed by grief that she could not stand for 10 minutes.
She was one of the dozens of mourners who arrived on Thursday to pay tribute to Mrs. Clarke and her children – Aaliyah, six, Laianah, four, and Trey, three. All three children burned to death in the horrible attack.
One of Hannah Clarke’s friends doubled in pain as she visited the scene of the Brisbane murder. She cried at the monument that has been erected since Wednesday
Family: fitness trainer Hannah Clarke is pictured with her children Aaliyah, six, Laianah, four and Trey, three
Dozens of mourners flew into the quiet suburban street on Thursday to pay tribute to Hannah and her three girls
Mrs. Clarke survived the first explosion but died hours later in the hospital. Baxter stabbed himself in the chest on the spot, but waited long enough for his children to stay trapped.
The monument contrasts sharply with the abandoned property where Baxter spent his last weeks.
Just 3 km away, the Carindale red brick, where the couple once lived with their children, still has remains of the beloved family home it once was.
A trampoline and toys are still scattered around the back yard, despite the children leaving weeks ago.
In the same way, the Anna bed cover of a little girl from Frozen was still hanging on the clothesline. Neighbors told Daily Mail Australia that it had been there for weeks.
The family home that was once shared by the family is now empty. Photos show some toys scattered around the back yard
A lonely trampoline and sheets on the line were also spotted. A neighbor said the sheets had not been moved in weeks
Another young woman, presumably Mrs. Clarke’s girlfriend, burst into tears when she said goodbye
She stood up again and sought comfort with another woman who embraced her with tears streaming down her face
An Anna bedspread is said to have been on the clothing line in the Carindale house that the family once shared for weeks. Baxter reportedly lived there alone before he took his own life
Hannah Clarke was desperate to save her babies even when they were covered in flames while her skin melted off
Before the divorce, neighbors described a happy family, with the sounds of the children playing in the back yard often filling the air.
“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.”
Since the split, Mrs. Clarke had focused on the future and told friends and family that they are looking forward to the coming year.
Earlier on Thursday, about 40 mourners met to pay homage to the life that Clarke had dreamed of, that had been tragically broken down.
They stood in a semicircle with flowers and tributes, cried and hugged each other before taking turns to add to the growing memorial.
“We love you, we will miss you, you have a great family here,” a man told the crowd.
The mourners constantly arrived on Thursday to pay their respects to Mrs. Clarke and her three children who died in the fire
Most brought flowers and created a sanctuary on the side of the street where the devastating events of Wednesday took place
Sadness: two women embrace while laying flowers on the scene of the grim tragedy in southeastern Brisbane on Thursday morning
Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner of Brisbane puts a teddy bear on a growing wake in Camp Hill
Dozens of neighbors, friends and mourners on Thursday proved their respect and said goodbye to a beloved member of the community
The family was supported by anti-suicide charity Lifeline volunteers who stayed around all day to support mourners and shocked neighbors who saw Wednesday’s chaos.
‘Your legacy will continue through our actions and behavior, our happiness and how we take care of our little ones. Rest in peace, Hannah. “
Mourners, who emerged as a group after a call on social media by former members of the couple’s gym Integr8, who stopped after they broke up, were usually too upset to talk.
‘I only saw her at school on Tuesday. I didn’t know how to tell the children what happened, “a woman said.
A family friend explained how good a parent was, Mrs. Clarke, for her children.
“Hannah was a loving mother who loved her children and will be missed very much,” she said.
“She was a beautiful person and we will all miss her.”
On Thursday morning, dozens of family and friends visited the scene of the tragedy to pay tribute to Mrs. Clarke
Mourners pay their respects to an improvised shrine near the stage. Mothers saw kneeling by the flowers with children
Left: Hannah Clarke depicted with her ‘headman’, son Trey in a beach photo. Right: Mrs. Clarke on her wedding day with her husband
TEAR JERKING MOMENT LITTLE LAIANAH TELLS HER FATHER SHE “LOVES AND LOVES HIM SO MUCH”
Family killer Rowan Baxter uploaded a video to his Facebook page a year before he burned his entire family to death in a sick suicide where his middle daughter expressed her unconditional love for him.
Baxter’s “little middle” Laianah picked up her mother’s phone to pick up a genuine message for her father while he was stuck at work.
‘Hello daddy, I miss you. I miss you at work, “the young girl said before she seemed to fight for control over the telephone with her older sister.
“I miss you so much and love you so much.”
Baxter wrote next to the video: “I found this on my wife’s phone, my little middle one misses her dad at work.”
‘Priceless words before the older person jumps to take over, then listen to @hannbaxter in the background.
“Classic Baxter household antics.”
A little over a year later he would kill Laianah, her two brothers and sisters and their mother in cold blood.
Aaliyah (left), six, Laianah (right), four, and Trey (center), three, were killed on Wednesday morning in a fourfold murder-suicide when their father set their car on their way to school
Pictured: Hannah Clarke with her three smiling babies swimming in the ocean during happier times
A chaplain from the anti-suicide group Lifeline spoke afterwards with a number of grieving people and encouraged them to get help when they needed it.
“This is a traumatic event for everyone, whether you knew them or not,” he said, choking on his tears.
“Let people know they can survive, we don’t want people to do stupid things.
“I appreciate your emotion and reaction. I have no words. Take care of yourself and take care of each other. “
Away from the large group, Lee Fry’s high school friend Lee Fry walked over to a memorial to pay his respects.
“Hannah was a great girl, really smart and never judgmental. She didn’t judge me and I was really nerdy at school, “he said.
“The first movie we ever watched together was Along Came Polly, I remember that. I will have to watch it again this weekend.
The shocking suicide that has left Australia unfolded just meters from the home of Mrs. Baxter’s parents on Raven Street, Camp Hill, driving her children to school
A lonely ball of a child was seen in the backyard of a house that was once inhabited by a family of five children who have now died in tragic circumstances
Burn-out wreck: Rowan Charles Baxter, 42, and his three children, Aaliyah, six, Laianah, four, and Trey, three, all died when the family’s white SUV at Camp Hill was set on fire
Flowers and a dolly were placed on a lawn near where the tragedy occurred after three young children were killed
“I still have a teddy bear that she gave me.”
Fry said he had hoped to meet school friends he hadn’t seen in years, including Mrs. Clarke.
“We will be next week because of terrible circumstances that have brought us together,” he said.
“This should not have happened.”
At the moments after the attack, Baxter tried to limit the help that bystanders could offer his children.
When Mrs. Clarke desperately tried to put out the flames on her body, she repeatedly shouted, “My children are in the car,” witnesses reported.
Meanwhile, Baxter was busy keeping help at a distance, “going crazy,” and telling the people that he wanted his family to die.
“He was so angry and just went completely crazy … he wanted to [the car] to burn, “witness Aaron Snell told News Corp.
On Thursday morning, dozens of family and friends visited the scene of the tragedy to pay homage to Mrs. Baxter
A woman knelt down to have a quiet moment to herself before she went to the memorial to lay flowers
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 that the couple even yelled at their children.
The couple had relationship problems behind closed doors.
In a moving Facebook message on Thursday morning, Mrs. Clarke’s brother Nathaniel Clarke described the murderer as a “heartless monster” and revealed that his parents had funded his sister’s custody battle.
“My mother and father gave everything they have to help my sister try to get away from this monster,” he wrote.
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 on 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.