Apr 30, 2013 8:28 AM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Rural Calif community on lockdown as killer sought

VALLEY SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) - Authorities have identified the parents of the 8-year-old girl who was killed in her rural Northern California home Saturday.

In a hastily called news conference Monday night, Calaveras County sheriff's Capt. Jim Macedo identified the father of Leila Fowler as Barney Fowler and the mother as Krystal Walters.

The names of the parents had not been previously released.

As Macedo spoke, Fowler and Walters stood in the background and declined to speak. Macedo said Leila's parents wanted to convey their requests that their privacy be respected, but also that a memorial fund had been set up for their daughter. A vigil is also planned for Tuesday night at Jenny Lind Elementary, where Leila went to school.

Macedo did not provide any other details about the parents, including their ages.

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