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Jonathan Rosa, 19, and 22-year-old Cornelius Crawford now face 2nd degree murder charges for the Friday morning crime.

Police on Monday charged two men with murder in a carjacking and subsequent crash that killed three children and critically injured their mother as they were selling fruit on a street corner for a church fundraiser.

Johnathan Rosa and Cornelius Crawford were each charged with three counts of felony murder and other crimes, police said. Authorities also charged that the carjack victim was sexually assaulted before the men crashed her sport utility vehicle.

Police said Rosa and Crawford forced a woman into her sport utility vehicle on Friday.

Defense lawyer Christopher Warren, though, said Rosa got in the vehicle after Crawford carjacked it. He said Rosa will regret that decision the rest of his life but is now cooperating with police.

Crawford, who had recently been released from prison, was in custody Monday and couldn't be reached for comment. He didn't have a lawyer.

The arrests followed a three-day manhunt underway since the Friday carjacking and crash.