Remember their names: Hannah and her three children Aaliyah, Laianah and Trey

Remember their names: Hannah and her three children Aaliyah, Laianah and Trey

Hannah Clarke
Queensland Police have confirmed Hannah Clarke/Baxter died at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital on Wednesday night, just hours after her three children were violently killed by their father.

The senseless and horrific murders have seen calls reiterated for urgent action on family and domestic violence in Australia.

Hannah sustained severe burns in the deliberately lit car fire and was pulled, still alive, from the driver’s seat of her family car on Wednesday morning after it was engulfed in flames in a quiet Brisbane street. Hannah’s children, Aaliyah (6), Laianah (4), and Trey (3) died at the scene.

One witness to the fire said Hannah had run from the family car screaming “He’s poured petrol on me.”

It has been reported that Hannah’s estranged husband deliberately poured petrol on the family car, in what is being treated as a domestic violence incident.

He died at the scene from self-inflicted wounds.

Destroy The Joint is reporting this morning that Hannah is the eighth woman this year to die due to violence against women. Sixty one women were killed in Australia in 2019.

Messages reportedly to be from family members on Facebook have noted a desire to use Hannah’s maiden name Clarke.

10 Daily reports that a man believed to be her brother has shared on Facebook that women and children “should never have to suffer what they had to”.

“My family has been torn apart as I am sure a lot of people who knew these amazing kids and my beautiful sister are. My sister Hannah Clarke/ Baxter always tried her best to bring joy to all those around her and only ever wanted the best for her kids.”

Hannah’s sister-in-law, Stacey Roberts, has begun an online fundraising page for funeral costs. She described Hannah as a “beautiful soul”.

“For all those who knew Hannah or had even just met her once would know how much of a beautiful soul she was, her children were her life. All she ever wanted was happiness. Her children were only a reflection of her,” she wrote on the Facebook fundraising page.

“Gorgeous happy kids who held a massive piece in my heart and I’m sure many others cause that’s exactly what they were like.”

“We need your help to support her parents, Sue and Lloyd who have exhausted themselves to try and help Hannah escape this monster.”

 

Support is available for those who may be distressed by phoning Lifeline 13 11 14; Mensline 1300 789 978; Kids Helpline 1800 551 800; beyondblue 1300 224 636.

If you or someone you know is impacted by family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au

In an emergency, call 000.

 

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