Cops: 2 men being questioned in Friday's fatal carjacking

Posted: July 29, 2014

PHILADELPHIA police last night were questioning two men in connection with a carjacking Friday that killed three children at a fruit stand, critically injured their mother and broke the city's heart.

"We are talking to two persons of interest as we speak," Homicide Captain James Clark said shortly after 9 p.m. He did not identify the men, but said that a news conference might be held today.

Sources told 6ABC that one man turned himself in yesterday with his mother and a pastor, and that another man was picked up by U.S. Marshals and Philly police around 8 p.m. on 6th Street near Cambria, in the Fairhill section of North Philly.

Meanwhile, a Tioga Church was particularly feeling the loss of three "beautiful, joyful" siblings - as neighbors called them.

On Friday, two men carjacked an SUV from a real-estate agent and ran it into a fruit stand at Germantown and Allegheny avenues, killing Keiearra Williams, 15; Thomas Reed, 10; and Terrence Moore, 7, who were raising money for their church. Their mother, Keisha Williams, 34, remained in critical condition yesterday at Temple University Hospital.

The carjacked agent - her name was not released - was in fair condition yesterday at Temple.

A $110,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case is being offered by Philadelphia Police until noon today.

Candles from a memorial held Saturday at the crash site were still burning yesterday.

And although their house of worship, Eagles Wings Evangelistic Church, on 17th Street near Tioga, wasn't holding a public memorial, the three kids and their mother loomed in Pastor Lola Blount's mind.

"We are prayerful for the family and we thank God for the energy, blessing and heart they brought into our life," Blount said in an interview. "We trust God - we trust that he will help us find those men."

Blount said that the children were raising money for the church's various outreach programs and to build a community garden on the grassy lot where they were struck.

The vision is that the garden will provide "intergenerational activities" and even a greenhouse, Blount said.

People showed up at the corner to pay their respects and left stuffed animals and other gifts yesterday, ranging from patrons of the fruit stand to neighbors who had just heard the tragic news. One man arrived in search of a relative of the victims, so that he could discuss donating three burial plots.

"Them kids didn't ask for that," said Antionette Beasley, 53, a customer of the family's fruit stand. "They were just starting life, not finishing it."

Fay Dawson, of the Vincent M.A. Woodson Foundation, a community-outreach program, gave out business cards. Her son Vincent was a homicide victim nine years ago.

The hospital wasn't releasing details of Keisha Williams' injuries.

"When I saw [the news], I fell to my knees," said Tia Brown, 48, who lives across the street from the family, on Hilton Street near Germantown Avenue. "I'm sitting here still waiting for them to come outside."

The block, usually echoing with the happy sounds of children playing, has been unusually quiet, Brown said.

"They were like their mother's shadow," said Ronnie Amos, 52, who lives next door to the family. "They never left her side."


 


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