Originally posted on CBS San Francisco:
VALLEY SPRINGS (CBS/AP) — A region of oak-studded hills in California, where big-city dwellers come to get away from crime, remained on edge Tuesday, three days after an intruder stabbed an 8-year-old girl to death at home before being spotted by her 12-year-old brother.
With the suspect still on the loose, some of the kids in this enclave nestled in the Sierra Nevada foothills were hunkering down after school at James Barci’s ranch.
“Nobody is staying alone,” said Barci, a truck driver and parent volunteer at Jenny Lind Elementary School, where victim Leila Fowler 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.”