Mother says Calif. rampage left her with nothing

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Posted: Aug 24, 2011 11:51 AM
Mother says Calif. rampage left her with nothing

A California woman says her estranged husband left her with nothing when he killed their 14-month-old daughter and burned their El Cajon home.

Authorities believe Kevin Collier also killed Alyssa Rakov's mother and critically wounded a police officer before dying Sunday.

Rakov tells NBC San Diego ( http://bit.ly/oGYStL) she was at a friend's house during the rampage but Collier apparently thought she'd be home.

She was living with her mother, Beverli. The fire destroyed her childhood home and her family photos.

Rakov says she no longer has proof that her mother and daughter, Rhilee (RY'-lee), even existed, adding: "he took that from me, too ... I don't have any memories anymore."

She's asking people with photos to bring them to a fundraiser Thursday in Rancho San Diego.

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Information from: KNSD-TV, http://www.nbcsandiego.com/index.html