Hannah Clarke’s devastated father reveals he was so heartbroken by his family’s sickening murders that he couldn’t bear to even look at PICTURES of his grandkids
- Hannah Clarke’s parents shared the ‘red flags’ they noticed in Rowan Baxter
- Baxter ambushed Hannah and their three children during morning school run
- He doused car in petrol and set it on fire, killing Aaliyah, Laianah, and Trey
- Hannah, 31, suffered burns to 97 per cent of body and died later in hospital
A father struggling to fathom the brutal murder of his daughter and three grandchildren has revealed his grief made it near impossible to even look at pictures of his young family.
Lloyd Clarke and his wife Sue can still scarcely believe the tragedy that unfolded after Rowan Baxter killed his own three children and estranged wife on February 19 this year in Brisbane in a despicable revenge crime which shocked the nation.
Aaliyah, 6, Laianah, 4 and Trey, 3, burnt to death in the family car with their mother Hannah later passing away in the Royal Brisbane Hospital.
She suffered burns to 97 per cent of her body, but still battled in her final moments to save her three young children.
Lloyd Clarke and his wife Sue (pictured above at the family’s funeral) want to help other families identify relationship red flags which can quickly turn deadly
Rowan Baxter planned and executed the murder of his family in an attack with shocked the nation in February (pictured left to right, Hannah, Aaliyah, Rowan, Laianah and Trey)
The vehicle (pictured above) that deranged killer Rowan Baxter deliberately lit while his three children were inside
Baxter, who stopped numerous bystanders from putting out the car fire by threatening them with a knife, then stabbed himself to death at the scene.
The heartless man meticulously planned the crime, borrowing a vehicle from a relative before ambushing his family in broad daylight.
As the Clarke’s prepare to spend their first Christmas without their daughter and grandchildren, their grief is as stark as ever.
Her father said even looking at pictures or videos of his family ‘brought back horrible memories of the day’ for many weeks.
‘I miss them like crazy,’ Mr Clarke told the Guardian.
‘Hearing their voices again, hearing their little squeals. But we’ve got to get through this. We can’t just sit in a hole. We have to live. We try and be strong.’
As they reflect on the harrowing incident which destroyed their lives, the Clarke’s are determined to create a legacy for their daughter and grandchildren.
‘We never wanted to be in the national spotlight and be in this situation but now that we are, can we do something to help?’ Mr Clarke said.
‘It has just been so horrific. There are just no words for it.’
The Clarke’s have discovered how coercive control in relationships can quickly become deadly.
Their focus is helping other families identify crucial red flags before it is too late, calling on education about coercive control to be brought in across the country.
Sue Clarke is adamant it would have saved the lives of her daughter and grandchildren.
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BRISBANE MURDER-SUICIDE: HOW COWARDLY RAMPAGE UNFOLDED
Queensland Police officers are called to a family violence incident that allegedly involved the couple.
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 19 – EARLY MORNING:
Rowan Charles Baxter, 42, is spotted filling a jerry can with fuel at a local service station.
Baxter dives into his estranged wife Hannah Clarke’s white Kia Sportage as she was preparing to do the school drop off on Raven Street, Camp Hill, a wealthy suburb of Brisbane.
He douses Ms Clarke, 31, and their three children – Aaliyah, six, Laianah, four, and Trey, three – in petrol and sets the car alight.
Neighbours hear an explosion which sounded like a ‘gas bottle’ blast. At least four explosions followed.
Baxter grabs a knife from the SUV and stabs himself in the chest.
He tries to stop neighbours from saving his wife and children before dying in the street.
Ms Clarke escapes the burning car and screams: ‘He’s poured petrol on me.’
Horrified witnesses see her skin peeling off her body.
One heroic neighbour hoses her down in an attempt to save her life and suffers burns himself.
She is rushed to Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in a critical condition.
Ms Clarke dies in hospital from the horrendous burns she suffered in the quadruple murder suicide.