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Community steps up to help mom who lost everything

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Hundreds turned out Thursday evening at Hooley's Irish Pub and Grill in Rancho San Diego to show their support for Alyssa Rakov, whose 14-month-old daughter and mother were killed at the hands of her estranged husband.

Friends, family and perfect strangers who had heard about Rakov's tragedy through the media turned out, contributing money, gift cards, clothing, groceries and other necessities to help Rakov get back on her feet.

Among the donors was San Diego's well-known "secret millionaire" Marc Paskin, who offered to pay Rakov's rent in San Diego for the next year.

For the past five days, friends have rallied around the 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 has expressed gratitude for the help and support she has received since Sunday's shooting and house fire.

In a statement issued Thursday night, Rakov wrote, "It amazes me how much people have come together. With this continued support, I will get through this... one minute at a time. I will not let him break me. I will be strong for my mom and my little monster because my mom would have been strong for me."

Rakov was not at the El Cajon house that burned to the ground Sunday, but most of her possessions were.

Rakov 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.

Ooh La La Salon and Day Spa in El Cajon, where Rakov is a customer, is also collecting donations.

Meanwhile, the officer, 28-year-old Jarred Slocum, was reportedly sitting up in his bed and talking at Sharp Memorial Hospital as of Wednesday, August 24.

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.

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