Valley Springs holds vigil for murder victim Leila Fowler

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    VALLEY SPRINGS, CA (CNN) - A community in northern California gathered Tuesday to publicly mourn a little girl who was stabbed to death.

    Music and candlelight as a community begins to say goodbye to 8-year-old Leila Fowler. Her family is showing their pain on their face, but also their gratitude. Leila's mother Krystal Walters says, "I just want to thank the entire community and all of our family and friends for the overwhelming support that you've given our family, it will never be forgotten."

    While Leila's mother didn't want to say anymore, but Leila's brother spoke out. Justin Fowler says, "I'll see you later, there's no goodbyes, I want Alan to please take care of my sister."

    And as the mourning begins in this small community of valley springs, it also remains on edge. It's been more than three days since the 8-year-old was found stabbed to death inside her Rippon Road home. Deputies say her 12-year-old brother reported seeing an intruder leaving the home. Only to discover his sister wounded.

    It was all about the prayers and memories for the little girl. Her third grade teacher recalled her student saying, "Leila was a wonderful student, the kind that listens to you and tries her best. She was respectful and never ever had a behavior problem."

    Her brother reiterates the family's sentiments saying, "I'm just really grateful for everyone coming. I am, I'm really grateful."

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