Tradie, who tried to save the three children who were burned alive by their bad father, insists that he is “not a hero.”
The brave trader who risked his life in the fight against the three children who were burned alive by their father in Queensland, insisted that he was “not a hero.”
Together with his brother, the worker sprinted to the scene of Wednesday’s massacre and tried to free the Baxter family while their car was flooded with flames.
Rowan Charles Baxter, 42, killed his children Aaliyah, 6, Laianah, 4, and Trey, 3, by extinguishing them in gasoline and setting them on fire on Camp Hill, southeast Brisbane.
His wife Hannah was also in the car and was taken to the hospital in a critical condition before she succumbed to her injuries on Wednesday evening.
The builder, who worked in the neighborhood and did not reveal his name, gave an emotional account of his desperate attempt to save the three children from the flaming Kia Sportage.
The heroic trader (photo, left) suffered burns when he desperately tried to free the children from the burning car
He burned his hand in an attempt to open the car door to save the children, after seeing their heavily burned mother calling for help.
“Me and my brother were working here, he saw some smoke and started running. I followed, of course, and screamed for the boys, “he said sunrise.
“When we got there, the car is on fire and there is a lady on the floor yelling and a guy on fire there.
“I ran to him and started putting him out, he cringed a little and ran in shock. The lady shouted “help me.”
Hannah Baxter (photo, far left) died with her three children after her estranged husband, Rowan, in the middle, set fire to their car in a horrific suicide
He remembered hurrying to Mrs. Baxter’s side to help her, where she gathered the power to tell him about her three children.
“I went to try and help her, and finally she said to me,” There are children in the car, “he said.
“When I heard that, I ran around and heard the first explosion. When that happened, my little brother stopped me from getting closer. When that happened, a second one exploded and the car rolled down the street.
‘I looked around and it is school time for children and I have just discovered that there are children in the car.
This is the white Kia Sportage SUV that went up in flames on Wednesday at 8.20 am in Camp Hill, in the southeast of Brisbane (photo)
Neighbors said all they could see was thick, black smoke – followed by flames that reached into the sky (photo) after the car was lit
“So I stopped behind the car, held it, shouted. I burned my hand to come in, but I left no trace – just a blister.
“I opened the door and a child was dead. We tried to do what we could to help, and unfortunately we were late.
“We couldn’t do anything, but we tried and that’s all we could do.
Said he and his friends were heroes and replied modestly: “It is a very strong word. Everyone should at least try, whether they are family or not, you should try to help other people.
“Not everyone does that, not everyone lived by it, but we did – and that’s my family and that’s why we were all there.”
Remarkably, the group immediately went back to work on Thursday morning and stated that it was “all they could do to keep their mind off the tragedy.”
Former NRL player Baxter stabbed himself in the chest next to the burning car while the group desperately tried to free its children.
The 42-year-old jumped in the car when Mrs. Baxter bound the children to drop off the school.
It is understood that the couple had split up last year after eight years of marriage.
The murderer’s former murderer had littered his social media pages with flowing tributes to his children (photo) that give the impression of a loving father
Hannah Baxter (photo, right, with her husband) died of her injuries in the hospital on Wednesday evening
Hannah Baxter (pictured with her son Trey) in a beach moment
The horrific incident occurred near Mrs. Baxter’s house, where she had stayed with the children.
The couple were reportedly engaged in a custody battle after their divorce.
Witness Andrew Sinclair said he will never forget to see Mrs. Baxter writhing in pain while her body burned.
“The look of being hurt and looking straight at me and seeing her clothes burned with her skin coming from her body, it was a terrible thing to see,” he said.
Another neighbor said she was fully aware of what had happened.
“The skin flake off her and she held her hands up … pieces hung off. It was really horrible, “the man said.
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 (photo, right) often expressed his admiration – both for his wife (left) and his children on social media. He would kill them only a few months later
The couple also recently closed the company that they ran together, Integr8 Fitness, based in Capalaba.
On Thursday morning, Mrs. Baxter’s brother and her sister-in-law slammed her “disgusting” killer.
In a moving Instagram post, her brother Nathaniel Clarke said that he had recently had contact with her again and revealed that she had told family that they were looking forward to a ‘great’ year.
“I took my sister, nephew, and two nieces yesterday in the worst way from a heartless monster they called their father,” Mr. Clarke wrote.
Baxter (photo, center right, with his children) flooded his Facebook site with photos and videos of the young children and called them ‘his world’
“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. “
Clarke said his parents “had given everything they own” to finance his sister’s custody battle with her murderer.
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. “
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.