Philly car jacking kills 3 children, prompts $110,000 reward
Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 01:11
Three siblings die on a Philadelphia street corner while selling fruit to help raise church money after a carjacked SUV plows into them, prompting a $110,000 reward. Mana Rabiee reports.
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Police in north Philadelphia are appealing to the public after a hit and run left three children dead.
Two male suspects, both in their twenties, fled the scene.
Witnesses saw the tragedy unfold, as a mother lost three of her children in front of her eyes.
SOUNDBITE: UNIDENTIFIED WITNESS SAYING:
"I know them kids and for somebody to hit those kids like that and just keep on going doesn't make sense. They need to just turn themselves in."
It started as a car jacking around 11 a.m. local time on Friday.
Police say the two suspects hijacked an SUV, shoving the owner in the back seat, and drove away at high speeds.
They lost control of the vehicle here -- just where the children and their mom were selling fruit to raise money for their church.
The SUV slammed into the them, killing the three siblings, ages 15, 10 and 7.
SOUNDBITE: CAPT. JAMES CLARK, PHILADELPHIA POLICE DEPARTMENT, SAYING:
"We are asking the public for help. If anyone saw anything, we know two males fleeing the scene, one black male, one Hispanic male, fleeing west. Anyone that saw them please contact the homicide unit.
The 34-year-old mother is in critical condition.
The car's owner and an elderly bystander were also hurt.
A reward of $40,000 soon grew to $110,000 -- for information that leads to an arrest and conviction of the men behind this very tragic hit-and-run.
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