During weekend trips to theme parks, during excursions to the beach and even while she was getting ready for school, Hannah Baxter cherished every minute she spent with her children.
A cute photo shows the mother of three beaming with pleasure as she lifts her eldest daughter Aaliyah, six, on a day out at SeaWorld on the Gold Coast.
In another heart-warming photo on the beach, she kneels between Aaliyah and four-year-old Laianah and holds them close while smiling at the camera.
More photos, shared by Mrs. Baxter’s mother Suzanne, show the girls and their brother Trey, three, who wear matching State Of Origin jerseys, paddle boarding with their grandparents and eat together at home.
The images show innocent and happy childhood that came to a wild end when Mrs. Baxter’s estranged husband burned the whole family to death in his car before killing himself fatally on Wednesday.
This cute photo shows the mother of three beaming with joy as she lifted her oldest daughter Aaliyah, six, into the air during a day out at SeaWorld on the Gold Coast
Laianah and Trey enjoy a day of paddle boarding with their mother Hannah before their tragic death on Wednesday morning
This image shows the three children with their two cousins in a family to SeaWorld before their lives were broken off
During weekend trips to theme parks, during excursions to the beach and even while she was getting ready for school, Hannah Baxter cherished every minute she spent with her children. Pictured: her three children on SeaWorld on the Gold Coast
In this heart-warming photo on the beach, Mrs. Baxter kneels between Aaliyah and four-year-old Laianah and holds them close while smiling at the camera
Mrs. Baxter was a dedicated fitness trainer who remained in shape throughout all three pregnancies and returned to the gym just four weeks after delivery.
Her profile in the fitness center where she worked described her as “an enthusiastic, passionate mother of three.”
‘Hannah is proof that maintaining a healthy and fit lifestyle during pregnancy leads to a much faster recovery. Having children does not mean that you have to give up your pre-pregnancy body, “read the website.
Mrs. Baxter was so passionate about motherhood that she gave a so-called “Mum’s N Bub’s” class for new mothers. She also taught gymnastics to children under five years old to “improve their motor skills by playing actively.”
A family friend told Daily Mail Australia: “Hannah was a loving mother who loved her children and will be missed very much.”
Rowan Charles Baxter, 42, killed the family by extinguishing them in gasoline and setting them on fire on Camp Hill, southeast Brisbane, when they left for school at 8.20 on Wednesday.
Mrs. Baxter escaped the burning Kia Sportage but was so reprimanded that her skin melted and she looked like “someone in a war movie” trying to save her children.
The 31-year-old guild: ‘my children are in the car, save my children’, while gruesome neighbors forced her to roll and spray water on her to put out the flames, Daily Mail Australia was told.
Mrs. Baxter (pictured with her son) was a dedicated fitness trainer who remained in shape throughout all three pregnancies and returned to the gym just four weeks after delivery.
More photos, shared by Mrs. Baxter’s mother Suzanne, show the girls and their brother Trey, three, paddle boarding with their grandparents (left and right)
Mrs. Baxter was so passionate about motherhood that she gave a so-called “Mum’s N Bub’s” class for new mothers. She also taught gymnastics to children under five years old to “improve their motor skills by playing actively.” Pictured: her three children who wear matching Jerseys from State Of Origin
A family friend told Daily Mail Australia: “Hannah was a loving mother who loved her children and will be missed very much.” Pictured: her three children celebrate Laianah’s fourth birthday
Baxter holds the son of the couple Trey and Hannah with the daughters Aaliyah (six) and Laianah (four)
Former NRL player Baxter was ‘going crazy’ and told residents not to help his children before he stabbed himself. Mrs. Baxter was taken to the hospital, where she died of her horrible injuries last night.
Mrs. Baxter’s parents Lloyd and Suzanne Clarke said the cowardly suicide was the end of a “downward spiral” that began when Mrs. Baxter, 11 years old in a controlling and offensive marriage, left early November.
“She had to get the kids and just go talk without saying anything, because he was such a control freak and would come into her main room and she would admit,” her shattered father, Clarke, told Daily Mail Australia on Thursday morning.
Baxter occasionally saw the children on the weekend, but there was always tension and even one attack on drop-offs and pickups.
“He kidnapped (one of the children) on Boxing Day and took her interstate for four days until the police got her back,” Mrs. Clarke said.
“He stayed with a partner who was an absolute animal and sent Hannah a disgusting e-mail that blamed her for everything.”
In a moving Facebook message on Thursday morning, her 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.
Mr. Clarke said he had recently had contact with his sister again and the last thing she said to his wife was that she was looking forward to a “great” year.
Rowan Charles Baxter (left), 42, killed his wife Hannah (right) and their three children by extinguishing them in gasoline and setting them on fire at Camp Hill, southeast Brisbane, when they left for school at 8.20 on Wednesday .
Taken too quickly: Hannah Baxter is shown in the middle of her wedding day next to her brother Nathaniel and her mother Suzanne
Family: fitness trainer Hannah Baxter is pictured with her children Aaliyah, six, Laianah, four and Trey, three
Left: Hannah Baxter depicted with her ‘headman’, son Trey in a beach photo. Right: Mrs. Baxter on her wedding day with her husband
Stark aftermath: A burned-out Kia Sportage is seen on Raven Street, where Rowan Baxter alienated his three children and his wife by extinguishing them in gasoline and setting them on fire
In a moving Instagram post (photo) on Thursday morning, Mr. Clarke said that he had recently reconnected with Mrs. Baxter and revealed that she had told family that they were looking forward to a ‘great’ year
On Thursday morning, dozens of family and friends visited the scene of the tragedy to pay homage to Mrs. Baxter
Mourners pay their respects to an improvised shrine near the stage. Mothers saw kneeling by the flowers with children
“Yesterday I took my sister, nephew, and two nieces in the worst way from me by a heartless monster they called their father,” Mr. Clarke wrote.
“Anyone who has been lucky enough to be a part of his life would know how sweet and loving these children and my sister really were.”
“The last thing my sister said to my wife was,” I’m so excited this year will be great. ”
He added: “I am so grateful that she and I could make contact again and become such good friends before this tragedy. I will love you forever. ”
Mr. Clarke’s wife Stacey also hit Baxter in the aftermath of the cruel suicide and called him a “disgusting man.”
She said that Mrs. Baxter’s parents, Sue and Lloyd, “had exhausted themselves to try to help Hannah escape this monster.”
“My beautiful sister-in-law and my nieces and nephew had their lives led by a disgusting person they called their father,” Mrs. Clarke wrote in a fundraiser to cover funeral expenses.
“Anyone who knew Hannah or even met it once would know how beautiful a soul she was … The only thing she ever wanted was happiness. Her children were just a reflection of her. ”
Mrs. Baxter’s brother Nathaniel Clarke (pictured with his wife Stacey) described the killer as a “heartless monster” and revealed that his parents had funded his sister’s custody battle
Mr. Clarke’s wife Stacey also hit Baxter in the aftermath of the cruel suicide and called him a “monster.” She shared this photo of Hannah Baxter with her children
Sadness: two women embrace while laying flowers on the scene of the grim tragedy in southeastern Brisbane on Thursday morning
The shocking suicide unfolded just meters from the home of Mrs. Baxter’s parents on Raven Street in Camp Hill.
The couple split up at the end of last year after more than ten years together. They were locked up in a custody battle after Mrs. Baxter moved to the property with the children.
Neighbors of the old family home 3 km away in Carindale told Daily Mail Australia that the children had not been to their father much since the divorce.
Baxter took marriage problems badly and lived like a virtual hermit with his dog in the former family home.
In the back yard a basketball lay on the grass and children’s clothes and bedding hung on the clothesline and were left there for weeks, according to a neighbor.
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
Baxter often expressed his admiration – both for his wife but also for his children – via social media (depicted with his two daughters)
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
Baxter flooded his Facebook site with photos and videos of his children and described them as “my world”
Pictured: Rowan and Hannah Baxter. Hannah died in the hospital after serious burns
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 his estranged wife Hannah Baxter’s white Kia Sportage as she prepares to drop off the school on Raven Street, Camp Hill, a rich suburb of Brisbane.
He extinguishes Mrs. Baxter, 31, and their three children – Aaliyah, six, Laianah, four and Trey, three – in gasoline and sets the car on fire.
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. Baxter 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. Baxter dies in the hospital from 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.
Ex Brisbane Broncos players Sam Thaiday and Matt Gillett are known for training 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.
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
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
Hannah Baxter was desperate to save her babies even when they were covered in flames while her skin was melting
Hannah Baxter died just hours after her babies were immersed in gasoline and burned alive by her estranged husband Rowan
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.”
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 even any of the couple shout at their children.
The happy relationship from the past is far from what witnesses experienced on Wednesday morning.
The family business: Rowan Baxter with Hannah Baxter and their three children pose for the company logo
Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner of Brisbane puts a teddy bear on a growing wake in Camp Hill
The couple were together 10 years before their divorce at the end of 2019
A woman who lived right in front of the car said she was leaving her house to be confronted with “a man and a woman on fire.”
“I thought it was a car accident, you don’t really think anyone could do that [what Baxter did]. The fire was intense, you could feel the heat from it, “she said.
Mrs. Baxter first shouted “he poured gas on me” before her tortured thoughts turned to her children in the burning vehicle.
“She screamed,” “My children are in the car, save my children,” “over and over,” she told Daily Mail Australia.
Heroic neighbor Michael Zemek, who washed his car on the road, ran to help and is still recovering in the hospital after he himself sustained serious burns.
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.
Inferno family: Hannah and Rowan Baxter, with their three children (from left to right) Aaliyah, Laianah and Trey
Hannah Baxter survived the first hell, killing her three children, Aaliyah, six, Laianah, four and Trey, three on Wednesday morning
The witness said he made Mrs. Baxter roll on the floor until the flames were out, and then sprayed the burns all over her body with water.
Another neighbor, Andrew Sinclair, heard the explosion and came running and arrived to see Mrs. Baxter’s penetrating gaze as two neighbors washed her down.
“She stood with her arms outstretched and her palm facing the snake. She looked straight at me, staring, “he told Daily Mail Australia.
“It was a look of pain and shock that always stays with me.”
Sinclair compared the burns all over her body with the famous photo of a burned girl in the Vietnam war.
“She was dressed in active wear like a typical suburban mother and it was burned, there were holes in it, and her skin fell off her body,” he said.
A police officer is depicted in the brick home of Carindale, where the father and his family had lived. A friend described the Baxters as a ‘beautiful family’
“She was burned all over her body. It was like someone you would see in a war movie. She was only standing because of adrenaline, the pain she must have had was unimaginable. ”
Sinclair said the fire was so intense that he couldn’t even see what kind of car it was.
“Whatever the fire brigade did, they couldn’t put out the fire, there was no chance to save those kids,” he said.
“I don’t understand why he would do this. Even if he no longer loved his family, there are his parents, brothers, cousins who have to carry this forever. ”
Another witness said the car rolled up the road with Baxter following him. He then jumped into the burning car and grabbed a knife.
Flowers and a dolly were placed on a lawn near where the tragedy occurred after three young children were killed
Wreck: this is the white Kia Sportage SUV that went up in flames in Camp Hill, in the southeast of Brisbane, on Wednesday at around 8.20 a.m.
“He stabbed himself in the chest and then he fell,” said a young woman whose house stopped the car for him.
“You couldn’t hear or see anything from the car, it was over so quickly for those kids. It is the most terrible thing I have ever seen. “
Aaron Snell, a neighbor who witnessed the tragedy, said before Baxter died that he shouted to rescuers and said he wanted his family to die.
“He was so angry and just went completely crazy … he wanted to [the car] to burn, “he told News Corp.
Baxter’s charred remains were loaded hours later by the police in the back of a funeral bus, alongside those of his three children.
The death of the beloved young mother shocked the street and the community where she ran a gym with her husband until it closed in December.
She grew up in the neighborhood and was known and loved by the locals.
Neighbors said that all they could see was thick, black smoke – followed by flames that lifted into the sky
Mrs. Baxter was once a school captain at Whites Hill State College at the end of the street, where a younger classmate said she was like a “big sister.”
“Hannah took care of me, took me to school, and made sure the other kids didn’t mess with me,” Lauren said.
“She was a lively, lively, fun-loving girl, always happy, I never saw her angry.”
Mrs. Baxter was the DJ at blue light discos at the school and participated in swimming carnivals and cross-country races.
Laurens mother Lisa said she saw Mrs. Baxter in the local shops on Saturday and was sorry she hadn’t caught up with her because she was already talking to someone else.
Baxter played for the NRL team of New Zealand warriors before becoming a coach and personal trainer. The couple worked in the same gym in Brisbane.
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The police visit the scene of a car fire that has claimed the lives of an entire family of five