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“I’m so excited, this year will be great.”
Those were the last words Hannah Clarke said to her sister-in-law, Stacey Roberts.
At 31 years old, Hannah Clarke was a business owner, a gold-medal trampolining champion and a gymnastics coach for kids, specialising in “Mums n’ bubs” classes.
She was also the loving mother to her three children: Lainah, six years old, Aaliyah, 4, and Trey, 3.
Hannah was “excited” for the year ahead, because she had separated from her abusive husband in December of last year.
But before Hannah Clarke got her chance for a fresh start, she was murdered.
On Wednesday morning, Hannah was doing her routine school run when her estranged 42-year-old husband doused her car in petrol, causing it to burst into flames. On the quiet street of the affluent Camp Hill suburb, in Brisbane's east, Hannah's three children perished at the hands of their father.
Hannah had burns covering 97 per cent of her body, and died a few hours later in hospital. The killer died from self-inflicted wounds on the pathway.
Speaking to Sunrise on Monday morning, Hannah's best friends, Nikki Brooks and Lou Farmer, spoke of their favourite memories of Hannah.