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Funeral for Carjacking Victims to Take Place Monday

A Vigil for Carjacking Victims

NBC10's Jesse Gary reports from the Tioga section of Philadelphia about how the community and city are grieving for the three children killed during a carjacking. (Published Wednesday, July 30, 2014)

A funeral will be held next Monday for the three children who were killed during a carjacking hit-and-run. The announcement was made by family members during a vigil and memorial Tuesday night that was held at the exact same spot where the fatal crash occurred. 

Joseph Thomas Reed, 10, his sister Keiearra Williams, 15, and brother Terrence Moore, 7, were struck and killed Friday when a carjacked SUV plowed into a fruit stand where they were volunteering on a street corner on Germantown and Allegheny Avenues.

The children's mother, 34-year-old Keisha Williams, was critically injured while their neighbor, 65-year-old Thelma Brown, broke an ankle. Family members say Williams, who remains in a coma, still doesn't know that her children were killed.

"There were so many questions that we have no answers to," said Cassandra Alexander, a cousin of the victims. "Our tears seem to never end. Our hearts are completely broken."

Community Remembers Victims of Deadly Carjacking Crash

[PHI] Community Remembers Victims of Deadly Carjacking Crash
Hundreds of friends, family, and loved ones gathered Tuesday night at the scene of a deadly carjacking crash in Tioga last week that killed three young children. NBC10's George Spencer talked to relatives of those young victims.
(Published Wednesday, July 30, 2014)

The chant of "we are one" and prayers were heard during the rally. The family members of the victims asked that those prayers be repeated by everyone who attended.

"We can't believe this is our new reality," Alexander said. "A nightmare that just won't end. We just can't grasp it."

The crowd also called for change in their community.

"It's time for us to say enough is enough," said Tyema Sanchez, a member of Handbags 4 Peace, a local community group. "We have to start governing our neighborhoods!"

As the rally ended, family and friends released balloons in memory of the three young victims.

"We are humbled by all of your love and support," Alexander said. "Please keep our family in your prayers."

Community Efforts for Carjacking Victims

[PHI] Community Efforts for Carjacking Victims
Following the carjacking crash that took the lives of three children on Friday the close-knit community of Tioga is coming together to raise money and honor the victims.
(Published Tuesday, July 29, 2014)

During the rally, family members confirmed that the funeral for the children will take place on Monday at 11 a.m. at the Seventh Day Adventist Church at 16th and Oxford Streets. Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams also announced that NBA legend and former Philadelphia 76er Charles Barkley offered to pay for the funeral expenses.

The two suspects in the deadly carjacking and crash - Cornelius Crawford, 23, and Jonathan Rosa, 19 - were charged Monday with second-degree murder, robbery, carjacking, sexual assault and other offenses. On Tuesday investigators revealed that Rosa's own mother brought her son back to police after they questioned and released him earlier in the weekend.