Charles Barkley offers to pay for funeral costs of carjacking victims

In some ways, Charles Barkley is a role model.
In some ways, Charles Barkley is in fact a role model. (USATSI)

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NBA Hall of Famer and TNT analyst Charles Barkley has offered to pay for the funerals of three children killed in a carjacking, Philadelphia district attorney Seth Williams told Philly.com:

"Like most Philadelphians, many Americans, and people across the world that heard about this and were moved, he 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," Williams said as he finished his remarks at a press conference announcing charges against two suspects.

Williams said he has told the family of the three young victims — 15-year-old Keiearra Williams, 10-year-old Thomas Joseph Reed, and 7-year-old Terrence Williams — of Barkley's wish.

Barkley confirmed the news to NBC10.com, but would not publicly comment on it. He does not want the attention to be on him rather than the victims.

Two suspects were charged on Monday with second-degree murder, robbery, carjacking and sexual assault, per NBC10.com. The funeral is scheduled for Monday.

Barkley played in Philadelphia as a member of the 76ers from 1984 to 1992, and ranks in the franchise's top five in both scoring and rebounds.

(HT: Fox Sports)

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