Fundraiser held for one of the serial shooting victim's families

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A fundraiser was held at a south Phoenix Applebee's to help the Ellis family. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) A fundraiser was held at a south Phoenix Applebee's to help the Ellis family. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
A pancake breakfast was part of the fundraiser for the Ellis family. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) A pancake breakfast was part of the fundraiser for the Ellis family. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
Maleah Ellis. Maleah Ellis.
Stefanie Ellis. Stefanie Ellis.
New sketch of serial street shooter (Source: Phoenix Police Dept.) New sketch of serial street shooter (Source: Phoenix Police Dept.)
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

One of the families of the Maryvale serial shooter held a fundraiser Sunday morning to help with funeral costs at the Applebee's restaurant located near 24th Street and Baseline Road in Phoenix.  

This is the second burial the Ellis family has had to carry out given that two family members, Stephanie and Maleah Ellis, were victims of the killer's June 12 shooting. 

"To see the kids losing their mom, sister, it's been a lot of loss, a lot of loss," says Kamika Booth, Stephanie Ellis' cousin. 

Maleah died almost instantly in the early morning hours of June 12. Her mother, Stephanie, was on life support for weeks after the shooting but succumbed to her injuries on July 17. 

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"I can't really process it because it still doesn't seem real, it feels like my mom is just going to walk in the door," says Morgan Johnson, one of Stephanie's surviving daughters. 

As for the person behind the killings, this family is convinced someone out there knows who he is. 

"Act as if this is your family something personal and dear to you, treat it as if its personal to you...you wouldn't want to feel how my family feels," added Kamika Booth. 

If you would like to help the Ellis family with money for the burial expenses, you can go to the GoFundMe account

The Phoenix Police Department has been investigating a string of unsolved homicides that have occurred in west Phoenix over the last several months.

[READ MORE: Police release updated sketch of Phoenix serial killer]

A reward of up to $30,000 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.

If you have any information about any one of these cases, please call Silent Witness at either 480-WITNESS (948-6377) or 1-800-343-TIPS (8477). Spanish speakers may call 480-TESTIGO (837-8446). (Click or tap phone number to call from this story on your mobile device.) You can remain anonymous.

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