Family of Fatal Fire Victims Speak Out

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -  Two lives taken too soon. That's what the family of two victims in a deadly apartment fire over the weekend are saying Monday.

The fire killed 2-year-old Amiyah McClenton and her aunt, Brandi Johnson.

Johnson's younger sister and Amiyah's other aunt, LaTia Adams, said the family is coping with the reality of losing their loved ones.

"It's so crazy that they're not here you know, you want to just wake up from a nightmare," Adams said.

Johnson died in a fire early Saturday at the Legend Oaks Apartments.  Police say they are talking to a man about the arson that took the lives of the two beloved family members.  No charges have been filed.

"To know that this is something that could've been avoided or something that shouldn't have happened or happened at the hands of somebody else, it hurts it hurts a lot," Adams said.

What Adams said hurts the most, is they will no longer be able to witness the joy that Johnson and Amiyah brought to those around them.

Adams said at just 2-years-old, Amiyah had an infectious smile and was nicknamed "Minute" because she had so much energy to do so many different things quickly.  She said Amiyah was going to turn 3-years-old this month, and was already very smart.

"We have a hamster and she'd say, 'Can I come play with the hammer?' You know, and stuff like that just very intelligent," Adams said.

Adams said Amiyah had Johnson wrapped around her finger. But she said Johnson didn't mind. She said her sister didn't have any kids so she spoiled her nieces and nephews.

Adams said she'll miss her sister's phenomenal cooking abilities, and her kind heart.

"She just stepped up she knows that we needed help many times in our life we've needed help from her and she's always stepped up," Adams said.

In fact, Adams said Amiyah's mother, Ajja Boyington, was working overnights. Adams said Johnson would come over to help watch Amiyah.

She said Boyington and Amiyah's father, Peytrien McClenton, are no longer together but both helped out parenting Amiyah.

Adams said they know very little about the man police have in custody.  She said some family members have only met him once or twice.

Funeral arrangements have not been made yet for her sister and niece.

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