(Pictured: Jonathan Rosa (left) and Cornelius Crawford. Photo: Philadelphia Police Department)
Jonathan Rosa, 19, and Cornelius Crawford, 22, have been identified as the main suspects in connection with a carjacking and hit-and-run crash that killed three children in North Philadelphia last Friday.
According to CBS Philadelphia, Rosa, accompanied by his mother and his pastor, turned himself in to authorities on Sunday. A team of Philadelphia police and federal agents arrested Crawford, a former convict who was released on parole in April 2013, that same evening. Seeing photographs of the young victims allegedly prompted Rosa to surrender himself and make a full confession, his defense attorney told reporters.
During a press conference at the local police headquarters this afternoon, the two men were charged with three counts of second-degree murder, conspiracy, theft, robbery, kidnapping, carjacking, involuntary deviant sexual intercourse, sexual assault and aggravated assault. If convicted, they face a life prison sentence.
The tragic incident occurred last Friday morning when Keiearra Williams, 15, Joseph Reed, 10, and Terrence Moore, 7, were hit and killed by an out of control, stolen SUV while selling fruit at an intersection in Philadelphia’s Tioga neighborhood.
Keisha Williams, the 34-year-old mother of the children, was wounded in the crash and remains hospitalized in critical condition. The carjacking victim claims she was sexually assaulted during the ordeal leading up to the crash and also remains hospitalized.
Basketball legend Charles Barkley has offered to cover the funeral arrangements for the children, a city official announced on Monday.
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