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Charles Barkley offers to pay funeral costs of carjacking victims

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Charles Barkley has earned incredible wealth from the game of basketball but has never forgotten his roots, the former Philadelphia 76er uses his fame and fortune to help those less fortunate.

Barkley recently heard of the news involving three Philadelphia kids being killed after they were struck by a carjacked SUV and the NBA analyst has offered to pay the grieving family the funeral costs.

The horrifying incident occurred last weekend when Fifteen-year-old Keiearra Williams, 10-year-old Thomas Reed, and 7-year-old Terrence Moore were all struck by swerving SUV on the sidewalk in the Northern area of Philadelphia.

The family was selling fruit on the sidewalk for a fundraiser on Friday when they were struck by the vehicle which had been hijacked earlier that day, killing all three of the children.

The mother is currently in critical condition in hospital after the collision and a neighbour of the family who was also selling at the stall sustained a broken ankle.

Philadelphia district attorney Seth Williams spoke on the matter, as she commented to Philly.com: "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,"

Barkley confirmed the news that he would in fact be covering funeral costs for the family to NBC10.com on Tuesday, however 'Sir Charles' realises the delicate nature of the situation and declined to comment any further in order to not take the focus away from the victims.

The funeral for Keiearra, Thomas and Terrence is slated for next Monday.

Barkley finds a lot of ways to give back to society and the community that he was once a great part of, Chuck enjoyed eight years in Philly whilst playing for the 76ers after being drafted in 1984.

The small act of kindness is one that the enigmatic-Barkley often displays and the family will surely appreciate the support they receive from him.

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