Estranged son of killer Rowan Baxter shows support for Hannah Clarke

The son of cowardly killer Rowan Baxter has thrown his support behind his murdered stepmother and her three kids.

Isaiah Baxter, 22, shared a photo of Brisbane’s Story Bridge lit up in pink to honour Hannah Clarke, 31, who was murdered by her estranged husband Baxter.

The failed NRL player burned Hannah and her children Aaliyah, 6, Laianah, 4,and Trey, 3, alive in their car in Camp Hill, Brisbane, on Wednesday morning.

Isaiah Baxter, 22, (centre) the son of killer dad Rowan Baxter (left), has shown his support for his stepmother Hannah whom his father murdered along with their three kids

Isaiah Baxter, 22, shared a photo of Brisbane's Story Bridge lit up in pink, Hannah's favourite colour, on Sunday night to honour her and the three children

Isaiah Baxter, 22, shared a photo of Brisbane’s Story Bridge lit up in pink, Hannah’s favourite colour, on Sunday night to honour her and the three children

Isaiah posted the photo with #SmallSteps4Hannah, the name of an anti-domestic violence charity her parents Lloyd and Suzanne are setting up.

He added heart and butterfly emoticons and also shared a fundraiser for Hannah’s family which has gathered more than $200,000.

The young man is Baxter’s son from a previous relationship before he married Hannah 11 years ago, and has been estranged from him for several years.

He also changed his social media profile pictures to an image of Hannah in heaven with angel wings alongside her children, which is popular among mourners. 

Isaiah expressed his support after more than 1,000 people packed a vigil for the murdered family on Sunday evening at her old school, which he wasn’t able to attend.

Isaiah also changed his social media profile pictures to an image of Hannah in heaven with angel wings alongside her children, which is popular among mourners

Isaiah also changed his social media profile pictures to an image of Hannah in heaven with angel wings alongside her children, which is popular among mourners

Isaiah (left) is Baxter's son from a previous relationship before he married Hannah (right) 11 years ago, and has been estranged from him for many years (photo taken in 2015)

Isaiah (left) is Baxter’s son from a previous relationship before he married Hannah (right) 11 years ago, and has been estranged from him for many years (photo taken in 2015)

Dressed in pink – Hannah’s favourite colour – her father Lloyd Clarke and brother, Nat, thanked the crowd for their support at the vigil on Sunday evening.

‘We would have felt lost without all your support. I don’t know how we can repay such kindness,’ the distraught father said.

He described the past week as the ‘hardest of their life’.

‘We may not know you all, but you embraced our family when our whole world collapsed and for that we are genuinely grateful,’ he said.

‘While dealing with this truly difficult time, my family and I are forever thankful to our neighbours and those who were first on the scene who tried to desperately help Hannah and the children.

‘You selflessly and without hesitation did what you could to save them. I don’t know how we can repay such kindness, other than to say we will be eternally grateful. 

‘You have restored out faith that there are many good and decent people in the world.’

Ms Clarke and her children, Laianah (bottom) Aaliyah (top) and Trey (held by his mother) were killed at the hands of their father

Ms Clarke and her children, Laianah (bottom) Aaliyah (top) and Trey (held by his mother) were killed at the hands of their father

The family's charity is named Small Steps for Hannah as the only part of her body that wasn't horrifically burned was the sole of her foot. This print of it was taken by hospital nurses

The family’s charity is named Small Steps for Hannah as the only part of her body that wasn’t horrifically burned was the sole of her foot. This print of it was taken by hospital nurses 

Family Image of Hannah Clarke critically injured standing with Rowan Baxter who died in the car fire along with the three children

Family Image of Hannah Clarke critically injured standing with Rowan Baxter who died in the car fire along with the three children

Mr Clarke spoke about his pride over everything his daughter managed to achieve before her life was cut short.

He also reflected on the joy his three grandchildren brought to his life.

The family’s charity is named Small Steps for Hannah as the only part of her body that wasn’t horrifically burned was the sole of her foot.

Sergeant David Beard shared her dreams of becoming a police officer at the vigil at Whites Hill State College in Camp Hill – just blocks away from the murder scene.

Hannah spoke about her plans at a Police Citizens Youth Club while visiting a friend the day before she burned to death.

Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll said Hannah’s courage and heroism were the makings of an excellent officer.

‘Right through to her passing, Hannah showed amazing courage and heroism, ensuring that she gave our police and emergency services at the scene a detailed statement of the horrific events that unfolded, leading to the death of her three children and ultimately herself,’ she said.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (left), parents to Hannah Clarke Lloyd and Suzanne Clarke (centre), and Police commissioner Katarina Carroll (right) at the vigil

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (left), parents to Hannah Clarke Lloyd and Suzanne Clarke (centre), and Police commissioner Katarina Carroll (right) at the vigil

Lloyd Clarke is comforted by his son Nat at the community vigil for his daughter Hannah and her three children

Lloyd Clarke is comforted by his son Nat at the community vigil for his daughter Hannah and her three children

A police officer speaks during a vigil to remember murdered mother. Thousands of mourners attended the event

A police officer speaks during a vigil to remember murdered mother. Thousands of mourners attended the event

Crosses bearing the names of the mother and youngsters who were burned alive by their father are swarmed with flowers from mourners

Crosses bearing the names of the mother and youngsters who were burned alive by their father are swarmed with flowers from mourners

‘Hannah’s determination to provide our police the information they needed to ensure justice should be served truly encapsulates the sort of person Hannah was. She was strong, she was determined, she was courageous. 

‘How lucky we would have been in the Queensland Police to have welcomed someone with those attributes into our policing family.’

The Story Bridge, Victoria Bridge and City Hall in Brisbane were also lit with pink lights to honour the family. 

Baxter doused their car in petrol and set it alight while Hannah was dropping the children off at school. 

The youngsters died at the scene while Hannah succumbed to her horrific burns in hospital later that day, and Baxter stabbed himself in the chest and died from his injuries. 

Hannah Clarke stands at the beach with her daughters Laianah and Aaliyah

Hannah Clarke stands at the beach with her daughters Laianah and Aaliyah

The Victoria bridge is seen lit up in pink in the Brisbane CBD in honour of Hannah Clarke and her three children who were doused in petrol and set alight

The Victoria bridge is seen lit up in pink in the Brisbane CBD in honour of Hannah Clarke and her three children who were doused in petrol and set alight

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BRISBANE MURDER-SUICIDE: HOW COWARDLY RAMPAGE UNFOLDED

JANUARY, 2020

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. 

8.20AM:   

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.   

WEDNESDAY NIGHT:

Ms Clarke dies in hospital from the horrendous burns she suffered in the quadruple murder suicide.

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