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Vigil Held Days After Mother Of Kids Killed In Carjacking Crash Dies From Injuries

By Cherri Gregg, Matt Rivers

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Dozens of mourners gathered in the Tioga section of Philadelphia Saturday where a mother and three children were run over during a July 25th carjacking. The children died last month and the mother succumbed to her injuries on Thursday.

Saturday’s vigil remembered all four, who died selling fruit on the corner for their church.

The family — still trying to pick up the pieces — held pink balloons, lit candles and hugged one another in front of a memorial of teddy bears near Germantown and Allegheny.

(Credit: Cherri Gregg)

(Credit: Cherri Gregg)

Family and friends are all trying to figure out how they will bury another loved one after burying three beloved children earlier this week.

“I can’t even find the words to describe what our family is feeling at this moment,” says Casandra Alexander, the cousin of 34-year-old Kesiha Williams who died on Thursday. “It’s just unbelievable, unthought of and it hurts really bad.”

Another cousin, Stephanie Alexander, says Williams leaves behind two children, ages 12 and 13, and they are devastated:

“We have aunts, cousins and a host of other relatives, but no one can take the place of your mother.”

“The hugs and the crying and we’re going to get through this, just one day at a time,” adds Denise Alexander, another one of the victim’s cousins.

There have been a half dozen or so vigils at the scene of the crash, but this will likely be the final one as this community tries to begin to move on.

Prosecutors say 23-year-old Corneilius Crawford and 19-year-old Jonathon Rosa will face an additional murder charge following the death of Keisha Williams. The suspects have already been charged with murder, kidnapping, robbery and other crimes connected with the July 25th carjacking.

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