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College fund created for children of murdered Henderson mom

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Updated: 3/08/2013 5:41 am
HENDERSON -- A trust fund has been established at Wells Fargo Bank for the sons of Renee Bassett, the mother who was shot to death by her ex-husband Tuesday in Henderson.

Bassett was shot by her ex-husband in her home in an apparent murder-suicide Tuesday evening in the 100 block of Andada Drive, near Horizon Ridge Parkway and Arroyo Grande Boulevard.

The divorced couple's 13-year-old son was in the next room while the attack took place and called 9-1-1.

The boy’s father was found dead in his car parked in front of the house from an apparent self-inflected gunshot wound. The boy was not injured.

The couple also have an 11-year-old son who lived with the ex-husband.

The two boys will now be taken care of by their aunt, Penny Fife.

"I've already let the boys know they're brothers now and we just have a larger family. And the kids have decided who's sleeping with who and who's going in what room. And I'm creating as quickly as I can their home," Fife said.

She's a therapist and it's tough enough to cope with her sister's death, but now she is trying to be strong for her nephews.

"When you work with trauma, you talk about it for a moment and you cry for a moment and a moment later you're laughing like normal until he next time you start crying. And when it's time to cry,we cry, and when it's to laugh, we laugh, and we just do what we can," Fife said.

For now she and the family miss Renee, as do the patients and staff from the dentist office. Renee Bassett was a dentist for.more than 20 years.

Family says Bassett and her ex-husband were divorced for several years and had joint custody of the boys.

Funeral services will be held 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Christ the King Catholic Community Church located at 4925 S Torrey Pines Drive, near West Tropicana Avenue and S. Jones Boulevard. A reception will follow inside the Sunrise Room at the Suncoast Hotel and Casino, 9090 Alta Drive, from 1 to 5 p.m. 
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