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2 young men charged with killing children hit by carjacked SUV

Former Philadelphia 76er Charles Barkley has offered to pay for the funerals of three siblings killed when they were hit by a carjacked SUV.
By Frances Burns   |   July 28, 2014 at 6:08 PM   |   Comments

PHILADELPHIA, July 28 (UPI) -- Two young Philadelphia men carjacked and raped a real estate agent before killing three children when they lost control of the stolen SUV, prosecutors said Monday.

Cornelius Crawford and Jonathan Rosa, 19, were charged Monday afternoon. District Attorney Seth Williams said they face centuries in prison if they are convicted of three counts of second-degree murder, sexual assault and other crimes.

Keiarra Williams, 15, Thomas Joseph Reed, 10, and Terrence Williams, 10, were selling fruit for a church project with their mother when they were hit by the SUV Friday morning. The children were killed and Keisha Williams, 34, critically injured.

At a news conference, Williams said basketball star Charles Barkley, who played for the Philadelphia 76ers from 1984 to 1992, wants to pay for the childrens' funerals.

The district attorney said that Crawford and Rosa hijacked the Toyota 4Runner from a real estate agent about a mile from the crash scene, raped her and forced her into the back of the SUV. At the corner where Williams and her children were selling fruit the driver of the SUV lost control and skidded into the family before hitting a tree.

A Williams family friend and the carjacking victim were also hurt in the crash. Williams remained in critical condition Monday.

Williams said Rosa was picked up for questioning Saturday after his cellphone was found near the crash scene but released for lack of evidence. He surrendered Sunday after Crawford's arrest.

Christopher Warren told reporters earlier Monday that Rosa wanted to "atone" for his actions. Warren said Crawford had the gun and was at the wheel of the car, but Rosa did decide to get in.

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