Sunrise host Natalie Barr burst into tears as she listened to murdered mother Hannah Clarke’s best friends discussing their favorite memories with her.
Mrs. Clarke, 31, died with her three children after her estranged husband, Rowan Baxter, 42, set fire to her car while leaving school.
After the car got out, Baxter stabbed himself and died on the sidewalk.
Two of Mrs. Clarke’s best friends appeared on the program to draw attention to domestic violence and pay homage to their “hilarious friend” and “incredible mother.”
Barr started to rise as the women begged the Australian public not to forget Clarke and her story.
Family: fitness trainer Hannah Clarke is pictured with her children Aaliyah, six, Laianah, four and Trey, three
“The message is that we have to change something, we cannot make their faces fade. Not this time, no other family, no other drama, “the women said together.
Barr promised that nobody would forget, because she thanked the women for speaking.
“Thank you so much for talking to us, this has touched the nation. Our hearts go out to the whole family, “Barr said with tears.
Barr choked as she struggled to respect Mrs. Clarke’s parents, Suzanne and Lloyd, and said no one could understand their grief.
Barr beat tears during the interview and described suicide as “just as sad”
“What do you say, it’s so sad … It’s terrible,” she later told her fellow host David Koch.
Nikki Brooks, Mrs. Clarke’s best friend of 17, said her favorite memory of the three-year-old mother was the day she chose to leave her abusive husband.
“We came back to my house and the children played. When they went to sleep, we got drunk with margaritas and started a new start.
Mrs. Brooks said “by the time they are insulting men, we are already dancing with the devil and it is too late.”
Mrs. Clarke pictured with her three children before all four were brutally murdered by Rowan Baxter
Nikki Brooks (left) and Lou Farmer (right) appeared on the show to discuss their friend and raise awareness about domestic violence
She and Mrs. Clarke’s other close friend Lou Farmer planned a moving vigil on Sunday, where more than 1,000 mourners appeared to pay tribute to the family.
One of her friends said Mrs. Clarke “loved love and laughed every day” during an emotional speech.
Mrs. Farmer said she was “not surprised at all” by the turnout.
“What happened was absolutely terrible. Although it was raining and the weather was not great, it reflects the true impact this has had on all of us.
“She was just the most wonderful mother,” she said.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (left), parents of Hannah Clarke Lloyd and Suzanne Clarke (center) and police commissioner Katarina Carroll (right) at the wake
‘What you saw from photos was exactly how it was. She lived for her children, she was hilarious. She did everything for those children and they absolutely loved her. “
The vigil was held at Whites Hill State College at Camp Hill – just a few blocks away from the murder scene.
Dressed in pink – Mrs. Clarke’s favorite color – her father Lloyd Clarke and brother Nat thanked the crowd for their support.
“We would have felt lost without all your support,” the distraught father said.
“I don’t know how we can pay back that kindness.”
A police officer speaks during a wake to remember the murdered mother. Thousands of mourners attended the event
He described the last week as the “most difficult of their lives.”
“We may not all know you, but you embraced our family when our entire world collapsed, and we are genuinely grateful for that,” he said.
“While I’m experiencing this really difficult time, my family and I are forever grateful to our neighbors and those who were first on the scene and desperately trying to help Hannah and the children.
‘You have done selflessly and without hesitation what you could do to save them. I don’t know how we can pay back such kindness, except to say that we will be eternally grateful. You have restored the belief that there are many good and decent people in the world. “
Community members laid flowers at crosses with the names of Hannah and her children at the vigil
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:
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 in 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.