Community in Shock over Arrest of Leila Fowler’s Brother

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Among the so many shocking and unprecedented things about the murder of 8-year-old Leila Fowler, there is one piece of context that is seldom reported: Over the last two weeks, when the Calaveras County Sheriff called a press conference to talk about his department’s investigation, it wasn’t the press who showed-up.

Or rather, it wasn’t only the press. In nearly every instance, photographers and reporters have been outnumbered by the concerned or curious community members of Valley Springs.

Today that crowd was even larger than usual, and an audible gasp shot through it as the Sheriff announced that Leila’s 12-year-old brother had been arrested for her murder.

If the people who were gathered were shocked, you can’t blame them. After all, the boy friends described as Isiah Fowler had been front-and-center at the vigil for Leila. He had been home with her when she was stabbed to death. And it had been 12-year-old Isiah who gave what police are now calling a false description of her killer.

But the fact that there isn’t still a murderer on the loose in Valley Springs isn’t bringing much comfort to the kids who know the Fowler children.

“She just saw the while family the other day and gave the 12-year-old a hug, and to her that’s kind if scary,” said Tammy Ainsley or her daughter Jordan.

Jordan, like many of her friends, had no idea that this was going to turn out the way their parents had been dreading it would.

“Honestly as a parent, I did have it in the back if my mind. But her? No,” said Tammy Ainsley.

She was busy comforting her crying daughter in the wake of the press conference.

“I’m really shocked that he did that to his sister,” said Jordan Ainsley.

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  • gary

    What the hell ainsley saying he’s guilty without even going to trial yet he may be guilty but a jury will decide that nit her or anybody else

  • Anonymous2

    I have to agree with Anonymous. No evidence produced yet. Law enforcement, especially FBI arrest the wrong people all the time,

  • Jen

    Hey Ben Deci, get Leila’s last name right. Fowler not Folwer. Proofreading is part of a reporter’s job.

  • CR

    I was sicken to learn the brother did this. When I first heard of this story of 8 yr old Liela Fowler stabbed, home alone with her brother- I said it out loud “The brother did it” even before he was arrested 2 weeks later. He is a sociopath. I hope he doesn’t get bail and gets like in prison for life. Any child who can kill a sibling, a 8 yr old sibling- there is something really wrong. Didn’t the parents see things, notice things about their son. I feel awful for the parents, it’s their fault for not noticing sociopath signs in their son and shouldn’t have left their daughter alone with their son. Just horrible. It sickens me to have to watch the son be front and center at girls visual while son put his head on his father- it’s discussing. He knew what he did, killed his little sister and probably enjoyed the act- discussing. Throw away the key!!!!!