Vigil held for women killed in fiery crash in Holmesburg

ByChristie Ileto via WPVI logo
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
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Loved ones came out to mourn three women Monday night whose lives were cut short in a horrific and fiery wreck over the weekend.

HOLMESBURG (WPVI) -- Loved ones came out to mourn three women Monday night whose lives were cut short in a horrific and fiery wreck over the weekend.

At 7 years old, Jayden knows the pain of losing a parent.

"When my mom was alive, I used to love her so much," Jayden told Action News.

Family members say Jayden's mother, Amonie Barton, was driving with two passengers, when her car lost control on Torresdale Avenue and slammed into a parked tractor trailer carrying herbicide.

Her car burst into flames.

Now candles, flowers and stuffed animals lay steps from where police say Barton, 22-year-old Giavanna Scavo, and an unidentified passenger perished in the inferno.

"I really just want to thank the guy who tried to save her," Latasha Hill said.

Barton's aunt Arnetta Archer says Torresdale at Rhawn is a corner with a history of accidents and despite neighbors' claims, police say the tractor trailer was parked legally.

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The Action Cam was on the scene of a fiery, fatal crash in Northeast Philadelphia.

"Amonie is not the type of person that would speed cause she has children," Archer said.

While police are investigating what caused Barton to crash, her family leans on a higher power.

"I have faith in God. It's not our will, but His will be done so we'll get through it," victim's former husband Joseph Barton said.

Action News has learned passenger Giavanna Scavo was the only survivor of a murderous rampage back in 1997. When she was a toddler, apparently her father killed her mother, her mother's boyfriend, and her grandmother stemming from a custody dispute.

Scavo's father later died in prison.