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Mom of 2 kids killed in Denver hit-and-run: 'Everything is broken'

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DENVER - You don't have to be a parent to feel Zama Bee's pain. A month ago, Bee's two sons were killed in a Denver hit-and-run off East 14th Avenue and Yosemite Street.

Zama's still in a wheelchair. Her left leg and arm are broken. Her recovery and the means to get better are uncertain.

"Very tragic," said Jamal Ali, Bee's case worker from the African Community Center. "I can't even describe it. I can't even imagine what she's going through."

Three pictures are all Bee has left of her two sons, 6-year-old Ah Zet Khan and 8-year-old Za May Khan.

"We stood on the sidewalk and the car hit us," Bee said through an interpreter.

Bee and her family are originally from Burma. They were persecuted in their home country because of their religious beliefs. Bee spent the last nine years in a refugee camp in Thailand. 

The family legally came to the U.S. in 2010. First to California and shortly to Colorado to be with their extended family. They came here with nothing.

"Nothing means not even knowing the language, not knowing how to shop [in a] simple grocery store," Ali said. "Nothing for a refugee who comes to a new county, new environment could mean starting from zero."

Ali said he often jokes that for some refugees U.S.A. means "U Started Again."

Bee and the boys were walking home from school in March when police say a Cadillac SUV hit them and didn't stop.

"I only remember the car hitting us, and I don't remember anything next," Bee said through an interpreter.

Two days later, in the hospital, she was told her the sons were killed. She was too hurt to burry them. She hasn't yet been able to visit their grave site.

Because her kids were killed, Bee is no longer eligible for Medicaid. And because of her injuries, she's not able to work, not yet. The medical bills are about to start coming in.

Denver Police are still looking for the driver.

"I would say why did you kill my two kids? I was injured. I'm not the same. Everything is broken. Why did you do this to my family?" Bee said.

If you want to help Zama, there is a fund set up.

Fiocchi's in Denver is doing a fundraiser for Zama Monday, April 29 from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. The restaurant plans to donate 20 percent of the dining meal that day to Zama. 

Zama Bee fundraiser

Here is a list of specific items Zama needs help with: 

  • Donations toward rent payments ( $650/month)
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Large cushions or pillows
  • Toiletries and female personal care items 
  • Cleaning supplies 
  • Clothing storage ( Dresser or bureau)

Donations can be dropped off at out Thrift Store, Safari Thrift, at 638 Peoria Street (in the Hoffman Heights Shopping Center), or larger donation can be picked up by calling 303 722-4500.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call CRIMESTOPPERS at 720-913-STOP. You could be eligible for an up to $2,000 reward.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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