Hundreds attend Brisbane funeral for Hannah Clarke and her three children

Friends and family of Hannah Clarke and her three children have remembered the four as beautiful souls who were taken too soon.

Hannah Clarke's parents Suzanne and Lloyd are seen during the funeral for Hannah and her three children Aaliyah, Laianah and Trey in Brisbane,  9 March, 2020.

Hannah Clarke's parents Suzanne and Lloyd are seen during the funeral for Hannah and her three children Aaliyah, Laianah and Trey in Brisbane, 9 March, 2020. Source: AAP

Three young Brisbane children who were doused in petrol and set alight by their father have been remembered as gorgeous, fun-loving siblings who were the light of their mother's life.

The funeral for Hannah Clarke and her children Laianah, Aaliyah and Trey is taking place on Monday, three weeks after the actions of her estranged husband Rowan Baxter's sent shock waves across Australia.

Their remains are being laid to rest in a single white coffin, adorned with pink flowers, with Ms Clarke's parents Lloyd and Suzanne Clarke surrounded by family, friends and supporters.

Hannah Clarke's nephew Tyler reaches to the coffin during the funeral for Hannah and her three children Aaliyah, Laianah and Trey in Brisbane.
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Her younger brother, Nat, told the packed Brisbane church he had loved his "amazing sister" from the moment he was born, and described them not as siblings, but as best friends.

"Hannah was the greatest mum to walk the earth," he said.

Mr Clarke described his nieces and nephew as beautiful children who reflected their mum.

"Aaliyah, you were everything a big sister should be, brave, strong and quite bossy," Mr Clarke said.

"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, mother's little man and her best surprise."

Hannah Clarke and her three children, Aaliyah, six, Laianah, four, and Trey, three.
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Among those paying tribute to the young mum, was friend Lou Farmer.

"Han was the best role model for her daughters; she knew her worth," Ms Farmer said.

"Hannah, the impact you had on people shows how special you are."

The attack that killed Ms Clarke and her family has sparked calls for greater efforts to bring an end to domestic violence.

Hannah was on fire as she leapt from the driver's seat of her car, screaming "he's poured petrol on me" and people rushed to try to put out the flames.

She died in hospital hours later with burns to 97 per cent of her body.

Friends of Hannah who went to school with her told AAP she had been too scared to leave Baxter, who controlled every part of her life, as she feared he would harm her and the children.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison arrives to the funeral for Hannah Clarke and her three children Aaliyah, Laianah and Trey in Brisbane, Monday, 9 March, 2020.
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Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll, senior police officers, firefighters and paramedics are among those who have gathered in the rain to pay their respects to the family.

If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, family or domestic violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit 1800RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call 000.


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Published 9 March 2020 at 11:58am, updated 9 March 2020 at 2:01pm

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