WHY I CARRY: 2 Men Carjack SUV, Repeatedly Rape Driver, Then Crash SUV Killing 3 Children

July 29 2014
by GSL Staff
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Usually, on this website we focus on stories in which a law abiding citizen used a firearm for self defense. Unfortunately, things don’t always happen that way and it’s important to look at cases that did not result in a defensive gun use in order to remember why we must carry everyday. This is our Why I Carry series.

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA – In this case, 2 men identified as Jonathan Rosa, 19, and Cornelius Crawford, 23 carjacked a 45 year old woman in Philadelphia. The men took turns raping the woman as they drove around.

About 25 minutes after the carjacking took place, the driver of the SUV lost control of the vehicle and crashed it. The crash killed three children who were selling fruit in order to support a local garden.

The children, who were all siblings, were ages 7, 10, and 15. The mother of those children was also injured in the crash. She is in critical condition at an area hospital.

The carjacking victim also remains hospitalized with serious injuries.

According to BNO News,

Rosa and Crawford have both been charged with 3 counts of Murder in the 2nd degree, Conspiracy in the 1st degree, Robbery in the 1st degree, Robbery of a Motor Vehicle, Kidnapping in the 1st degree, Involuntary Deviant Sexual Intercourse, Aggravated Assault in the 1st degree, Sexual Assault in the 2nd degree, and Recklessly Endangering Another Person, which is a Misdemeanor-2.

Crawford is a parolee who had been released after serving 5 years of a 13 year sentence for robbery.

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