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Fremont neighbors mourn mom and toddler killed in fire

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Relatives identify the victims as Brenda Shorty and her toddler daughter Venetia. Brenda was the mother of six children.

Neighbors say the fire that left the May Street duplex in ruins was an intense one. Firefighters responded to a call a little after 4 a.m. on Saturday and discovered the home in flames. They later discovered two bodies inside the burned unit. Shorty's boyfriend made it out of the fire alive.

Neighbor Robert Robles was devastated.  "I come down this morning and I seen it all and I cried. I wanted to go in there and save her but what can I do. I mean you can't run through the flames."

Neighbors say Brenda's other five children were staying with friends at family at the time of the fire.

Brenda Shorty's cousin Raymond Mincey said the family is still in shock, "It's unpredictable. I was just here talking to her. It's hard to believe. I just think everybody for the prayers and support."

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