Memorial sign erected near wreck site for 2 little boys

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DENVER - The whole city of Aurora was devastated when Zama Bee's two sons Za May Khan, 8, and his 5-year-old brother Az Za Khan were killed on March 22 near East 14th Avenue and Yosemite Street in a hit-and-run wreck.

Now, a memorial sign was dedicated to the children and their mother.

The boy's mother, Zama Bee, was seriously injured when the SUV struck the family as they tried to cross the road.

9NEWS spoke to Zama Bee in late April. 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."

Police say a stroller - carrying the two boys - was seen being dragged under the SUV, causing sparks as the vehicle sped off south from the scene.

"We stood on the sidewalk and the car hit us," Zama Bee told 9NEWS 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. The driver was never found.

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

The vehicle is described as a large white or silver SUV, possibly a Chevy Suburban, GMC Yukon or Cadillac Escalade.

Police say the SUV may have a moonroof.

Anyone with information about the suspect vehicle is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.

You can text to CRIMES (274637) then title DMCS and enter your message or send an email to metro-denvercrimestoppers.com. If the information you provide leads to the arrest and charging of a wanted individual, you can receive a cash reward up to $2,000 and $18,000 from private donations.

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. "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're interested in making a donation to the family, visit http://www.gofundme.com/ZaMayKa.

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