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Supermodel finds donors to help orphaned children

December 10, 2005

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— Supermodel and TV talk-show host Tyra Banks says corporate donors will provide a computer, clothing allowances and college tuition for seven children who were orphaned when their mother was mowed down by a tow truck.

The children of Rosa Carrera, who was killed in the October accident in suburban Vernon, appeared on "The Tyra Banks Show" on Wednesday to discuss how the family is holding up.

"I'm like the mother now of all these kids and so I have to hold it together," said 18-year-old Karla Becerra. The other children range in age from 6 to 17.

"I'm proud of you," Banks replied.

Police said Carrera, 34, was killed when a truck driven by Raymond Bermudez went out of control. Two other people, including Carrera's husband, Daniel Dorantes, were killed and eight others were injured. Dorantes, 35, was the father of Carrera's youngest child.

Bermudez, 29, has been charged with murder, assault with a deadly weapon and auto theft, police said. Authorities said he stole the truck hours after being released from Salinas Valley State Prison.

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