Charles Barkley's Selfless Move After Tragedy Has Us All Choked Up

by
Lauren Burgoon
After carjackers killed three kids selling fruit in Philadelphia, an NBA legend steps up.

NBA legend Charles Barkley wasn't exactly known for being a cuddly teddy bear on the court. But Sir Charles' aggressive play apparently covered a much softer side of him.

Barkley came forward this week offering to pay for the funerals for three Philadelphia siblings mowed down in a carjacking. The three were selling fruit on a corner to raise money for a playground when a stolen car plowed through. 

The three siblings -- Keiearra Williams, 15, Thomas Joseph Reed, 10, and Terrence Williams, 7 -- were killed and their mother is in critical condition, as yet unaware that her children are gone.

"Like most Philadelphians, many Americans, and people across the world that heard about this and were moved, [Barkley] wanted me to know that he wanted to pay for the funeral for these three children, and I put him in touch with the family so he can do that," Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams said.

Two men, Cornelius Crawford, 20, and Jonathan Rosa, 19, are charged with murder and sexual assault after they allegedly carjacked a Realtor and careened through North Philadelphia.

Barkley started his basketball career with the Philadelphia 76ers and played in Philly for eight years.