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Family of slain Advance America employee speaks out

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Chelsea Small (right) Chelsea Small (right)
TAYLOR, Mich. (WJBK) -

A grieving mother breaks down after she sees the surveillance images for the first time of the man police believe robbed a Taylor check cashing store. During the robbery, police say he shot and killed a 30-year-old female employee, Chelsea Small.

"I want everyone to know what a beautiful daughter my daughter was, what a loving, loving mother she was to those babies," Debi Kamin tells Fox 2's Taryn Asher.

Small leaves behind a 5-year-old boy and 8 year-old girl. Ka min says Small was a single mother trying to balance a full time job and school. She was studying to be a physical therapist assistant at Wayne community college but always put her family first.

VIDEO: Click on the video player above to hear more from the victim's family in Asher's report

Taylor Police are investigating the fatal shooting that happened at the Advanced America Cash Advance on Telegraph Road. The incident happened shortly after 12 p.m. on Tuesday, police say, when they received a hold-up alarm from the business.

When officers arrived they found Small who had already been shot. Police believe it was a possible robbery that went wrong.

The incident has prompted customers and employees to voice concerns of safety issues, since employees at the Taylor business did not operate behind safety glass. Customers had to be buzzed into the business.

Ka min says Advance America has contacted her family, and has even offered to help with funeral arrangements.

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