Mother of three children killed in carjacking improving

Posted: August 02, 2014

Five days after an SUV plowed into her and her children on a North Philadelphia street corner, Keisha Williams opened her eyes.

For the family members who have surrounded her at Temple University Hospital since the accident last Friday, it was a rare bright spot in a week filled with almost unimaginable grief, said the family's pastor, Elder Keith Goodman Sr.

"They are making it through," he said Thursday afternoon. "But it's extremely challenging."

Williams, who was taken to Temple in critical condition and afterward put in a medically induced coma, has since been able to squeeze a relative's hand - a small comfort to her family.

Williams' three young children, Keiearra Williams, 15, Thomas Reed, 10, and Terrence Moore, 7, were killed in the crash - caused, police say, by two men who hijacked a Toyota 4Runner, sexually assaulted its driver, and drove at high speeds to Allegheny and Germantown Avenues, where they lost control of the car. The family had been selling fruit to raise funds for a neighborhood church.

The men, Jonathan Rosa, 19, and Cornelius Crawford, 24, were arrested Monday and charged with murder, kidnapping, sexual assault, and related offenses.

In the meantime, Goodman said, Williams' family has been going about the painful work of arranging funerals for the three children. A service has been scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday at North Philadelphia Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1510 W. Oxford St.

"It's one of those things where everybody's coming together and we're trying to work on ministering to the family," Goodman said.

He said that the family had set up a fund for Williams' two younger daughters. Interested parties can donate to the fund via the family's GoFundMe page at http://www.gofundme.com/KeishaWilliamsfamilyfund or via the Keisha Williams Family Fund at TD Bank.


awhelan@philly.com

215-854-2961 @aubreyjwhelan

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