STOCKTON, CA - The grandfather of Leila Fowler said Tuesday his granddaughter loved visiting his Stockton home, for all his musical instruments.
"As soon as she comes over, she runs into the back room, and says, 'grandpa, grandpa.' And I get [ the guitar] hooked up for her. She plays it without any encouragement. She wants to do it on her own," Dennis Fowler said.
On Saturday, Leila, 8, and her 12-year-old brother were home alone when someone broke into their home on Rippon Road, the Calaveras County Sheriff's Department said. The boy called his parents, who then called 911. The boy then ran into another room where he found his sister with severe injuries.
Leila was taken to a nearby hospital, where she later died, the sheriff's department said; her brother was not injured.
Fowler said his family is struggling to understand how deadly violence could take such a young and innocent life, in a town that's seemingly safe.