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'It’s heartbreaking’: Two children fatally struck by car in Essex; mother, another child critically injured

Two siblings, a 5-year-old and a 6-year-old, were killed, and their mother and another child are in critical condition after being hit by a car in Essex on Monday afternoon, Baltimore County Police officials said.

Jhalil Norris, 5, and Jovanni Norris, 6, of the first block of Stemmers Run Road in Essex, were killed in the pedestrian crash just after 4 p.m. Monday at Eastern Avenue and Orville Road, police said.

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Their 30-year-old mother and a 9-year-old child were also struck while crossing the street by a 2008 silver BMW 128i traveling west on Eastern Boulevard at the intersection, police said. The driver, whose name was not released, remained at the scene, police said.

The mother’s and the other child’s names were not released. The family could not be reached Monday.

A GoFundMe has been set up to raise money for the family’s funeral and burial expenses.

“As many of you may know, my sons Javanni &Jhalil were taken from us way to soon,” their father, Johnny Norris wrote on the fundraiser page. “They were 5&6 years old, they were walking and was hit by Car & didn’t make it and one is still fighting for his life. This is a very hard time for me and our family and we’re just asking anyone to help in any way they can to help give them both a proper funeral and burial. My baby boys are gone, this is the hardest thing to have to go through or deal with as a parent. Anything is appreciated thank you!”

Celina Cruz, who said she has lived next door to the Norris family in the Townhomes at River’s Crossing for less than five months, said she used to see the mother walking her children to school.

Cruz, a 43-year-old mother of two, said she has grown accustomed to the sounds of the children next door bounding up and down the stairs and flicking the spring doorstop.

On Monday night and Tuesday, Cruz said, their apartment was quiet. She teared up at the thought.

“I could not imagine,” she said. “It’s heartbreaking. Now I want to go call my kids.”

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