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California Community on Edge as Police Hunt Killer of 8-Year-Old Girl
A tight-knit Northern California community is on virtual lockdown as police search for a man who stabbed an 8-year-old girl to death in an apparent random killing in her home.
Sheriff's officials said Monday that investigators have collected fingerprints and what they believe is DNA from the home where Leila Fowler was stabbed to death, but haven't identified any suspects yet.
The apparently random attack has the tight-knit community of Valley Springs on edge. Parents spontaneously showed up Monday at the school the girl attended to give hugs or tie purple and pink ribbons -- Leila's favorite colors -- to trees on campus.
"Nobody is staying alone," said Barci, a truck driver and parent volunteer at Jenny Lind School, where Leila was a popular third-grader. "I told my work I'm not coming in, and I'm just going to have all of my kids' friends at the house until this is over."
Leila was attacked at her home Saturday in the small town about 60 miles southeast of Sacramento. Police say Leila was found by her 12-year-old brother after he encountered a male intruder at the home.
No suspects have been named, but officials said a second witness saw someone with a description similar to one provided by Leila's brother of a man who ran from the home when the boy confronted him.
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