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Charles Barkley offers to pay for funerals of Philadelphia carjacking victims

Jul 29, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

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Charles Barkley is still tied to the city of Philadelphia, where he started his NBA career.

That city has been rocked by the tragic death of three innocent children, ages 7 to 15, who were selling fruit at a stand as a church fundraiser when they were run over by a car that had been carjacked not long before. It’s a sickening event that has left their mother critically wounded as well.

Barkley has stepped up and offered to pay for the funerals of the children, reports

NBA legend and former Philadelphia 76er Charles Barkley has offered to pay for the funerals of three siblings killed after a carjacking went awry in the city last week, according to District Attorney Seth Williams.

Ten-year-old Thomas Reed, his 15-year-old sister Keiearra Williams and their 7-year-old brother Terrence Moore were mowed down by a SUV and ki
lled on a street corner in the Tioga section of the city Friday while selling fruit.

Barkley the analyst can grate on you after a while (although TNT’s Inside the NBA remains must-watch in large part because of him) but Barkley the person is giving and generous to a fault. Spend time around him, hear stories of him from food servers or limo drivers or just about anyone his life has touched, and you find a guy that feels fortunate for what he has and wants to give back.

This is both a great example of that and a great gesture.

For those that haven’t followed the story nationally, the men driving the SUV have been arrested and face charges of second-degree murder, robbery, carjacking, sexual assault and a few others. These guys should not see the outside of a prison ever again.

  1. nokoolaidcowboy - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    Wow, call it what it is. This is a very special act by someone who could just as well do nothing.

    This is bigger than basketball and very decent of Mr. Barkley.

  2. dacapt704 - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    Awesome Sir Charles!!

  3. misremembered72 - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    Thank you sir charles

  4. 24thesho - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    That’s real.

  5. sportsfan18 - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    Mr. Barkley,

    Thank you sir.

    This is a touching gesture in so many ways.

    God bless the mother and the rest of her family and friends.

  6. asimonetti88 - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Barkley seems like a pretty real dude.

  7. fanofthegame79 - Jul 29, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    There must have been an idiot who went and thumbed down everyone. I’m not sure if that’s their way of joking; if it’s not, there’s something wrong with one of the readers on this site.

    • xLith - Jul 29, 2014 at 12:43 PM

      There’s that idiot on every site that has a vote up/down option. It’s best to ignore them. Acknowledging them is only going to encourage it.

      Let’s appreciate the nice thing Mr. Barkley has done for those victims and not dwell on trolls of the internet.

      • fanofthegame79 - Jul 29, 2014 at 2:46 PM

        Good point.

  8. favrewillplay4ever - Jul 29, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    I’d like to volunteer to be on the firing squad.

  9. kavika6 - Jul 31, 2014 at 1:30 AM

    Question is would he have done it if the children were white?

    • mikerome64 - Jul 31, 2014 at 4:40 AM

      What would Rush Limbaugh have done? Would he have paid for it?

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