El Cajon woman says estranged husband’s rampage left her with nothing
SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Friends are rallying around a 25-year-old woman whose infant daughter, mother and estranged husband died in a shooting and house fire that also left a police officer wounded.
Alyssa Rakov gave thanks in an interview with a local TV station for the help she has received since Sunday's shooting and house fire.
Rakov was not at the El Cajon house that burned to the ground Sunday, but most of her possessions were.
Rakov said in the interview that she only had her purse and the clothes she was wearing when she left. She described her mother as her best friend and her daughter, 14-month-old Rhilee, as her world.
Rhilee's body was found in her father's pickup truck. Two other bodies, believed to be those of the mother, 51-year-old Beverli Rakov and gunman, 32- year-old Kevin Collier, were found in the burned-out house.
Most of all, she wants her friends to send her pictures they might have of the little girl and the mother.
“Not only are my daughter's pictures gone, but my whole family's pictures are gone,” she told the station. “I don't have any memories anymore.”
A fundraiser to help Alyssa Rakov has been scheduled at Hooleys Irish Pub & Grill in Rancho San Diego at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Meanwhile, the officer, 28-year-old Jarred Slocum, was sitting up in his bed and talking at Sharp Memorial Hospital, according to broadcast reports.
Slocum was shot in the head as he arrived in the 1000 block of Prince Street after police received reports that a man with a gun had entered a house and set it on fire.
A videographer captured dramatic footage of a bloodied Slocum as he returned fire before collapsing against a fence. His partner pulled him to safety.
Beverli Rakov had sent a friend a text message that said Collier had taken her “granbaby,” according to the El Cajon Police Department.
Collier later texted friends that he had killed the child and his mother- in-law, police said.
The house burned to the ground despite water drops from helicopters, and the surrounding neighborhood was evacuated.