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High Street fire victims remembered two years later

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September 17, 2016, Virginia Ortiz and her two young children died in a house fire at 99 High Street.
 
Monday marked two years since their deaths. Family and friends held a vigil on the lot the home once stood on to remember them.
 
“It’s something we do every year to remind everybody that even though they’re gone, we still want to honor them in memory,” Virginia’s sister Jasmine Meehan-Ortiz said.
 
Ortiz died when she ran back into the home to save six-year-old Willie Nelson Junior and three-year-old Ameeya Nelson.
 
Rochester Police said the back of the home and a vehicle were on fire when firefighters arrived around 5:30 a.m.
 
They declared the fire an arson not long after, but few leads ever came.
 
“It’s still unsolved,” Meehan-Ortiz said. “Nobody has come forward.”
 
Ortiz’s surviving children, Ty’Zae Nelson and 11-year-old Taleah Ortiz, are being raised by family members.
 
Taleah remembered their mom Monday night.
 
“She was a really good mom. She was funny,” Taleah Ortiz said.
 
Meehan-Ortiz said she hasn’t lost hope someone will come forward and do the right thing.
 
“I don’t think it’s that nobody knows [anything], I feel like it’s just that somebody is not saying anything.”
 
There is a $10,000 reward for anyone who comes forward with information that might lead to an arrest.
 
Rochester Police are asking anyone with information to contact them at 585-428-7157 or Crimestoppers at 585-423-9300.

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