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Burn victim's family speaks out

It took the Shelby County Medical Examiner five days to officially identify the two bodies found inside a burning pickup truck in Frayser.
Alonzo Odom says he figured it out much sooner.

Odom says, "My daughter meant the world to me, man.  15-years old.  She won't get to experience life again."

Police say Odom's daughter, Phylicia Kelly and Joshua Giles died from gunshot wounds.

Memphis Firefighters found their burned bodies last Friday at Cliffdale and Sharon... Homicides 101 and 102 of the year.

Odom continues, "What's it going to take?  For one of the big people in the big places for something to happen to one of their children before they really start to do something about it?  What's it going to take?"

Kelly lived with her mother, Phylicia Kelly-Duffie, in Frayser.  Duffie told me Giles was a friend whom she met two weeks earlier.

She says its not easy knowing her daughter won't be coming home.

Kelly-Duffie says, "My daughter was full of joy.  Anyone who knows her.  She loved to have fun.  She was a happy person."

A mother left with only happy memories and a desperate public plea for answers, since right now, detectives have no suspects.
Duffie continues, "I hope if the public knows anything that they please come and tell us something, so I can have closure and my family."

It's the last piece of a tragic puzzle.

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