Funeral Held For Mother, 3 Kids Killed On Roosevelt Boulevard

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia woman and her three young children who were killed when they were struck by a driver police say was drag racing (see related story) have been laid to rest.

Friends and family remembered 28-year-old Samara Banks and her three boys at a Saturday funeral at Deliverance Evangelistic Church. The children were ages 7 months, 23 months and 4 years old.

The family was struck July 16 while crossing busy Roosevelt Boulevard, which is notorious for both drag racing and pedestrian deaths. Banks’ 5-year-old son, her eldest child, survived.

Prosecutors allege two men were drag racing at the time of the crash. Both are charged with third-degree murder, vehicular homicide and other counts.

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