A former professional rugby player, his wife and their three children lost their lives after the vehicle in which they were on fire caught fire in what Australian media have reported was a tragic murder-suicide that would have been perpetrated by the same athlete.
ABC Australia publications indicate that Rowan Baxter, 42, was in the passenger seat when he threw gasoline into the car where his wife Hannah Baxter, 31 - who was in the driver's seat - and his little Aaliyah were., Laianah and Trey, 6, 4 and 3 years old, respectively.
The incident occurred on Wednesday at about 8:30 am on Camp Hill, in Brisbane, Australia, while Hanna's vehicle was parked near her parents' house and they were going to take the children to school.
According to the Mirror newspaper, witnesses claim to have seen Hanna get out of the burning vehicle and ask for help while screaming: "He threw gasoline at me." One of the residents of the area managed to assist her with the water she used to wash her vehicle and the woman was taken to the Royal Brisbane Hospital, where she died from the burns.
According to published reports, the former New Zealand Warriors player also managed to get out of the burning car and stabbed himself in the chest to death.
Australian Police Detective Inspector Mark Thompson called the scene "horrible." According to the Courier Mail newspaper, the couple had been separated since last year and was involved in a custody dispute over the children. The case remains under investigation.
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