Former NRL star Rowan Baxter was a cheerful father who always showered his three young children with love and affection.
The fitness coach often played with his children; Aaliyah, Laianah and Trey. His Facebook page was filled with cute messages dedicated to his children.
“T-R-E-Y, love you to the moon and back,” he posted six days ago.
“Good night, my babies, Daddy loves you,” he posted a month ago.
But there was darkness behind the smiling pictures.
The fitness coach often played with his children; Aaliyah, Laianah and Trey. His Facebook page was filled with cute messages dedicated to his children
Former NRL star Rowan Baxter turned out to be a pleasant father who was always showering his three young children with love and affection
“T-R-E-Y, love you to the moon and back,” he posted six days ago
Baxter is supposed to have poured gas on himself, his wife, and three children before they set fire to Wednesday morning.
Baxter and the children all died on Tuesday in the white Kia SUV on Camp Hill, southeast Brisbane.
His wife Hannah managed to escape from the car, but suffered severe burns and fights for her life in the hospital.
Baxter, a former New Zealand player, is believed to have stabbed himself with a knife during the horrific attack on his family.
They were a happy family for the outside world, but Baxter and his wife had been divorced for months.
Family friend Joey Abraham told Daily Mail Australia that Baxter was denied access to his children months earlier after his wife left him for another man.
“Rowan was in a bad place there because of the divorce.
“He had a hard time.
Moving messages about his children filled the Facebook page of Rowan Baxter
They were a happy family for the outside world, but Baxter and his wife had been divorced for months
Baxter flooded his Facebook site with photos and videos of his children and described them as “my world”
Raven Street, in the south of Brisbane, is in a quiet neighborhood full of many families and the elderly
“He went through a depression, it wasn’t so much that his partner left him, but access to the children was the hardest thing for him to treat.
“He didn’t do it at all.”
He was unbelieving about how they died.
Baxter was a good father who worshiped his children, said Mr. Abraham.
“They were his life.
“If you knew Rowan when he was at his best and to see him like last week, you know how far he fell. He was just a shadow of the person he was.
Rowan Baxter often posted videos in which he played with his children
“I don’t understand … it’s just a tragedy for me, I don’t think seeing him has made him crazy.”
The couple recently closed the company that they ran together, Integr8 Fitness.
On December 30, Baxter posted a photo of his three children and said, “I miss you all.”
Friends were clearly worried.
Mr. Abraham wrote to Baxter four days ago: ‘Chin up brother everything will be fine, hold on, my bro.
What started as a quiet Wednesday morning will forever be carved into the minds of the residents of Raven Street
Police, fire brigade and paramedics swarmed Raven St, in Camp Hill, in the southeast of the city, after a white car with five people on fire
“Many people care about you and the situation you are confronted with (sic).”
The couple had known each other for almost 10 years. Mr. Abraham’s daughter did weight lifting at the pair’s gym and Mr. Abraham was a Baxter fan when he played for the Warriors.
The Courier-Mail reported that the Queensland police were summoned for an incident involving family violence involving the couple in January.
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