Hundreds gather at Brisbane vigil to remember Hannah Clarke

More than 1000 people have come together overnight to honour Hannah Clarke and her three children, who were murdered by their estranged husband and father in a horror act of domestic violence last week.

The 31-year-old was getting ready to drop her children at school last Wednesday, when she was ambushed in her family’s driveway by Rowan Baxter.

He is alleged to have doused the vehicle in petrol before setting it alight, killing Hannah and her three young children Aaliyah, 6, Laianah, 4 and Trey, 3.


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In an emotional vigil at Camp Hill overnight, the Premier and Police commissioner joined Hannah’s family, friends and strangers to remember the beautiful mother.

“For those who did know Hannah, she was the most amazing person you could ever meet,” Hannah’s brother Nathaniel Clarke said.

“You would always leave there smiling. She had to share everyone’s big moments and she would always be there.

“When something like this happens to someone like that, you lose a bit of faith in the world.”

The 31-year-old’s father also spoke, revealing it has been the toughest time of their lives.

He said they’ve made it through thanks to the support of the community and emergency services.

“We have been overwhelmed by the number of people who have gone out of their way to offer their support and help when our whole world has collapsed,” he said.

“You’ve restored our faith that there are good and decent people in this world.”

Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll also revealed at the vigil that Hannah had planned to become a police officer before her life was tragically cut short.

“I have no doubt that Hannah would have made an incredible police officer,” she said.

“Right through to her passing Hannah showed amazing courage and heroism, ensuring she gave emergency services at the scene a detailed statement of the horrific events that unfolded.”

Hannah’s family have since set up a legacy called “Small Steps 4 Hannah” which they hope will help to raise awareness of domestic violence.

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