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As more information is being released about how an 8-year-old girl died, Leila’s family remains private and quiet.

Barney Fowler and Crystal Walters told the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Department they had something they wanted to say about the murder of their 8-year-old daughter, Leila. But when the time came Monday night, they just couldn’t bring themselves to say it.

“They’re a great family. The kids are great,” said Amanda Pekarek.

Pekarek’s kids are friend with Leila’s brothers. She says the 12-year-old brother of Leila’s who was at home with her when she was murdered Saturday, is still on shock.

“I can’t tell you how many times I want to wrap my arms around him and take it away. He’s not just shocked because of what he saw, but that’s his little sister,” Pekarek said.

FOX40 spoke with the Calaveras County Coroner shortly after he had completed his preliminary autopsy of Leila Fowler. He told us Leila had suffered multiple stab wounds, but died from shock and hemorrhage. In other words, she died because of loss of blood from her wounds.

He also told Fox40 that, other than the stab wounds, there were no signs of abuse on the 8-year-old girl, including sexual abuse.

A vigil will be held Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at Jenny Lind School. Everyone is welcome, and are asked to bring a candle, and a pink or purple ribbon.