Jonathan and Charlie

Jonathan Sellers

(April 18, 1983–March 27, 1993)


Jonathan was the fourth child of six and a twin born two minutes after his sister, Jennifer. By the time he was six, his favorite pastime was basketball; he loved the sport and was very good at it. He dreamed of becoming a  basketball player and an architect. He was a peacemaker who strived to find harmony.  His warm friendly smile and always positive personality will never be forgotten. He was a happy little boy that enjoyed life to the fullest. 

Charles “Charlie” Allen Keever

(November 1, 1979–March 27, 1993)


Charlie was the youngest of three children. He loved taking long walks with his basset hounds, fishing and riding his bike with his best friend Alton, Jonathan’s older brother. Charlie’s favorite movie was Last of the Mohicans since he liked the music and adventure. Charlie enjoyed making things from chocolate chip cookies to popcorn shooters. He enjoyed his short life with his family and friends.

Milena's Story

Ever since the murder of my 9-year-old son, Jonathan and his 13-year-old friend Charlie, I’ve been searching for a way to turn their tragic loss into something positive. Following the murders of 17-year-old Chelsea King and 14-year-old Amber Dubois, I got the courage and energy to stand and say, "NO MORE!". I am committed to the mission of the Jonathan Sellers and Charlie Keever Foundation; to promote the safety and well-being of children through education and to provide support for families who've lost a loved one at the hands of another.


The one thing I am most proud of is the creation of, "Always Fly Away", book and safety presentation for kids. Written in partnership with my longtime friend Deborah Dorn, the performance teaches practical skills to children; reminding them to,  "Keep Your Distance, Stay Alert and when you don't know what to do, Always Fly Away!"

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Dedina Gives Second State Of The City Address

February 18, 2016

An award was also presented to Milena (Sellers) Philips of the Jonathan Sellers & Charlie Keever Foundation whose mission is “to promote the safety and well being of children through education in preventing abduction and exploitation, and provide support for families who‘ve lost a loved one at the hands of another.”

New details of attempted school abduction released

March 25, 2015

"Physically, do not let a stranger close that distance, if they an arm’s reach away from you they are way too close," explained Phillips.

Mothers of Murder Victims React to Death Penalty Ruling

July 17, 2014

“My 9-year-old son didn't know he was going to die at 9. Charlie, he had no idea. They had no idea when they went for a bike ride they'd die. I think that's unconstitutional," Sellers-Phillips said.


November 13, 2013

“We want to keep safety in the minds of people every day, not just when someone is murdered,” said Sellers Phillips, Jonathan’s mother.

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