Family tried to save wife ‘killed by rugby star’ in blaze from ‘monster’ husband

The brother of rugby star Rowan Baxter’s wife has revaled his family tried to save her from her “monster” husband – before he allegedly killed her and their three kids.

Hannah Baxter, 31, died in a Brisbane hospital in Australia overnight after allegedly being doused in petrol by her estranged husband.

Witnesses reporting seeing a woman screaming "he's poured petrol on me".

Aaliyah, 6, Laianah, 4 and Trey, 3 — died in the family car after it burst into flames on a quiet suburban street.

Their dad afterwards died from self-inflicted stab wounds, it is claimed.

Hannah and Rowan were reportedly involved in a custody battle and police had been called to previous incidents of violence, The Courier Mail reports.

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The dad had been flooding his social media feeds with loving posts in the weeks before the fatal fire.

One photo showed him trading his young baby with the caption, “Goodnight my babies. Dad loves you.”

Her heartbroken brother Nat Clarke yesterday posted on Facebook: “Everyone who has been lucky enough to be apart of their lives would know just how sweet and loving these kids and my sister really were.

“The last thing my sister said to my wife was ‘I’m so excited, this year will be great’.

“I’m so grateful she and I got to reconnect and become such close friends before this tragedy.

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“I will forever love you all. I’m am now trying to help raise awareness about #violenceagainstwomen as monsters like this get away with this too often.

“I am also trying to raise money for my mum and dad who have given ever little thing they own to help my sister try and get away from this monster.

“Please share this link or donate if you can so we can give these kids and my sister the funeral they deserve.”

Police are yet to confirm reports Rowan set the car alight.

But Prime Minister Scott Morrison today told reporters: "Australians all over the country are just shocked, saddened and devastated about what has happened in a suburban street.

"Hannah and her three children [were] so senselessly and maddeningly murdered in what has occurred in a terrible act of violence.”

Hannah's parents Suzanne and Lloyd Clarke told the Daily Mail that Rowan was a “control freak”.

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They claim he kidnapped one of his daughters on Boxing Day last year, before police returned her four days later.

They said he wasn't allowed within 20m of her after a recent assault, and they didn't see him that morning and have no idea why he was there.

“We still don't know how he got so close. He's obviously ambushed her somehow, I'm sure she would not have stopped for him, she would be more likely to try to run over him”, Mr Clarke said.

“He had to hurt us because we'd beaten him. He was sprialling and had run out of people to sponge off.

“Looks like all of a sudden he decided there was only one way out.”

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After Hannah and her children had fled the home they shared with Rowan, he became a recluse.

Brisbane resident Debbie Burnett, who was the Baxter family’s neighbour, said the killer “was a frequent visitor to my home” and he clearly put on a false front.

Refusing to mention his name, Ms Burnett said: “This monster was my neighbour for three years. I am torturing myself trying to recall any signs that I missed.

“I have been rattled to the core because the horror of his actions is something that simply cannot be imagined.

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