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Pair arrested in carjacking crash that killed 3 children

Suspects charged with murder, robbery, kidnapping, carjacking and assault

Pair arrested in carjacking crash that killed 3 children

PHILADELPHIA - Two men have been arrested in a carjacking that resulted in the hit-and-run deaths of three children in Philadelphia last Friday.

Police and District Attorney Seth Williams announced the arrests in a news conference Monday afternoon.

They identified the suspects as Jonathan Rosa, 19, and Cornelius Crawford, 22. Both men have been charged with numerous offenses, including second degree murder (three counts), robbery, carjacking, kidnapping and aggravated and sexual assault.

The sexual assault charge, Williams said, is a result of actions involving the suspects and the carjacking victim prior to the crash.

The men, if convicted of just the murder charges, will face a mandatory sentence of life in prison, Williams said.

The children -- ages seven, 10 and 15 -- were selling fruit with their mother to raise money for their church's community garden when they were struck by the fast-moving SUV on the corner of Germantown and West Allegheny, police said.

The men had earlier taken the SUV at gunpoint from a real estate agent, forcing her into the back seat as they fled, police said.

The real estate agent and the children's mother were both injured in the crash.

Former Philadelphia 76ers star Charles Barkley has offered to pay for the children's funerals, according to Williams.

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