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The final social media posts of a former Warriors player who died in a car fire all paid tribute to his three children who were also killed in the horrifying incident.
Rowan Baxter and his three children Laianah, Aaliyah, and Trey, were killed in the fire on a Brisbane street on Wednesday morning, Australian media reported.
"T-R-E-Y. Love you to the moon and back," Baxter said in a Facebook post on Thursday - what would be one of his last posts to social media.
He also paid tribute to his children in a post on January 7. According to 7 News, it's understood Baxter had become separated from them in the past few months.
"Goodnight my babies," Baxter wrote in January. "Daddy loves you."
Baxter was a Warriors player in the mid-2000s and a club member at Mt Albert Rugby League. He and his family ran a gym in Brisbane.
But on Wednesday it's alleged the car they were in was set on fire, as reported by the ABC.
"I've seen some horrific scenes," Detective Inspector Mark Thompson told reporters. "This is up there with some of the worst - it's a terrible scene."
Only Baxter's wife Hannah made it out of the vehicle. It's not known what role Baxter played but a witness told The Australian newspaper that a woman "was screaming he had doused her with petrol" when she got out.
"For us to call it a murder-suicide or a tragic accident, it's inappropriate for us to do that," Det Insp Thompson said. "That's exactly what we're investigating."
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