An 11-year-old girl left a chilling message on a bathroom wall after burglars broke into her cousin’s house while she was home alone.
The burglary took place in Portola, San Francisco, where two men reportedly broke into the house of an Asian family that just moved into their new home a month ago.
While the family chose to remain anonymous for privacy reasons, they told the media they believe they were targeted out of hate amid growing crimes against Asian-Americans in the country.
As ABC7 News reported, an 11-year-old girl was alone in the house of her cousin when the burglars forced their way into the building. She was in the middle of an online class when the thieves grabbed her and hurled her into the bathroom.
Afraid that she was going to get kidnapped or killed, the young girl left a heartbreaking message on the well of the bathroom using her pencil. “Help … Robbers!” the message wrote.
The girl was not harmed during the robbery, and the thieves eventually left the home with a bunch of cash and belongings including cameras.
As of this writing, the case remains under investigation and the thieves are still on the run.
Following the home invasion, Good Samaritans raised more than $8,000 for the victims on GoFundMe where the family opened up about the details of the incident.
“Earlier in the day, my parents-in-law were at the cemetery to pay respect for our passed loved ones when my father-in-law’s car window was smashed and tires were slashed. We thought it was a hate crime and reported it to the Colma police,” their post explained.
“They didn’t notice the robbers stole their garage door remote and took down their home address. Just a few hours later we found out that their home was broken into while the 11-year-old girl was inside attending class via Zoom. The 11-year-old girl is okay, and our family is remaining strong.
“This gofundme is set up to support the recovery of the victims of this heinous crime. The funds will be given to the families of the 11-year-old victim and Mr. K (my parents-in-law) to pay for a new security system, to cover any expenses they will incur due to the robbery, and to recoup some of the loss. But most importantly, it will allow them to feel the love and support from their community.”
In an update, the organizers of the fundraiser thanked the people who made a donation and urged them to stay safe.
“More than anything we want everyone to use our family’s unfortunate incident as a learning experience,” the update read.
“Please don’t leave your garage door remote in your cars. Please do not leave cash or jewelry in the home. Please install a camera in your home if you haven’t done so already. Please do not take walks alone right now. Please look out for one another.”
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