Hannah Clarke And Three Children Laid To Rest In Shared Coffin Covered In Butterflies
Hannah Clarke and her three children, victims of a domestic violence murder, have been farewelled in a Brisbane funeral service on Monday.
A large number of friends and family gathered in a church to farewell Clarke and her children Laianah, Aaliyah and Trey, murdered nearly three weeks ago by the man who had vowed to protect them.
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Many mourners arrived at the service in pink, Clarke's favourite colour, as they did for a vigil held shortly after the mother and her children were killed.
Clarke and her three kids were laid to rest in a single large white coffin, covered in flowers.
During the service, her family placed colourful butterflies on the coffin at the front of the service, as quiet acoustic renditions of 'You Are My Sunshine' and Beyonce's 'Halo' played.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk are among those who attended the funeral.
In a moving eulogy, Clarke's brother, Nat, remembered her as "one of the greatest mums to walk the Earth".
"I'm going to miss your smile, Hannah," Nat said, supported on the funeral's stage by his wife Stacey.
"I'm going to miss not hearing 'uncle Nat' from you three ever again," he said of Clarke's children.
"Aaliyah, you were everything a big sister should be, brave, strong and quite bossy... Laianah, you were the ratbag, the little middle. There was so much of Hannah in you. You were beautiful, sweet and caring with an amazing imagination. You were the sweetest kid and a beautiful mermaid."
"Trey, his mother's little man and her best surprise."
Clarke's uncle, Ian, said she "had a smile that could light up a room."
Several of Clarke's friends also spoke, remembering her as "fierce but so funny". One friend, Lou Farmer, called Clarke "my soul sister", saying that "everyone who met Hannah knew she was something special."
"That smile drew you in. She made you feel important... I was blown away by her positivity and zest for life," she said.
"Han was the best role model for her daughters... Hannah, the impact you had on people shows how special you are."
Lifetime friend Nikki Brooks said it was hard to remember her life before she met Ms Clarke when the pair were kids.
"You had my back and without a shadow of a doubt I would have laid down my life for you and I am so, so sorry I could not protect you
"Our lives are forever changed because of you."
She said the fitness instructor left a legacy of love and not a day would pass without her thinking of her friend.
On February 19, Clarke's estranged husband, Rowan Baxter, forced his way into the front passenger seat of her car and doused his family in petrol before setting them alight.
The children, who had been on their way to school, safely strapped into their child restraints, never stood a chance.
Clarke was on fire as she leapt from the driver's seat screaming, "he's poured petrol on me" as people tried to put out the flames.
With burns to 97 per cent of her body, Clarke died in hospital hours later.
Baxter died on the footpath from self-inflicted wounds.
The horrific incident has led to renewed calls for more effort to be made to end the scourge of domestic violence in Australia.
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, dial 000. If you need help and advice, call 1800Respect on 1800 737 732, or Lifeline on 13 11 14. A range of domestic and family violence resources based around the country can be found here.