More heartwrenching news from the home of Leila Fowler, the 8-year-old California girl murdered in her own bedroom. Her 12-year-old brother is already in jail, charged with killing his little sister. Now, Leila's dad says his family is receiving threats. He's come out to say they're afraid in their own home.
Come on, really? A family has lost their child, they've got another child facing serious charges, and this is how people respond? With anger and recrimination?
Leila's father and his fiancee have come out of hiding to say the town that once held vigils for their little girl has turned on them, that they've had people bang on their doors, cyberbully them, and make their other kids terrified to be left alone.
Here, take a listen:
Standing on the outside of the community, the Fowlers' confessions are heartbreaking. Don't these people have any compassion?
But a part of me does understand how a community could turn so quickly on this family. Their 12-year-old son, who Barney Fowler, like any good dad, says is innocent, was one of them. They trusted this boy.
Now he's charged with the heinous murder of his little sister.
For people who comforted that little boy, his arrest likely feels like a violation of their trust. It's not hard to imagine that they feel betrayed and confused. Now it seems as if they had a murderer in their midst ... and that murderer is someone they trusted with their kids because he WAS a kid.
Still, these people didn't ask for this. They didn't ask for their son to be charged with murder. They didn't ask for their daughter to be murdered.
They aren't perfect, but they are in pain. They are grieving.
Isn't that enough of a reason to leave them alone?
Do you have compassion for this family or has their son's arrest obliterated that?
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