Sadie Davila, the 7-yr-old girl killed in a vicious dog attack by a pit bull, was a first grader at Woodlawn Elementary School in Baton Rouge. It’s why East Baton Rouge Schools’ Superintendent Sito Narcisse has issued a statement in her honor.
East Baton Rouge deputies said Davila was outside playing at a relative’s home on Kendalwood Dr. around 6:30pm on Friday, Jan. 6th. That’s when officials say Erick Lopez’ pit bull was roaming the neighborhood and attacked Davila.
Despite the relative hitting the dog with a walking cane, the pit bull terrier continued viciously attacked the girl.
Davila was transported to a hospital but died of her injuries. Deputies said the girl had multiple bites to her face and substantial damage to her skull from the dog attack.
It’s also why the dog’s owner is now arrested and charged with negligent homicide.
“It is with the heaviest of hearts that I share my thoughts and offer condolences to the family of Sadie Davila, a first-grade student at Woodlawn Elementary,” said Superintendent Sito Narcisse in a statement.
“This news is devastating to our entire school community, as young Sadie was blossoming in the dawn of her life and education with so much promise awaiting her. It is difficult to comprehend the enormous pain and remorse her family and friends are experiencing in the wake of this tragedy. While we are a school district comprising over 41,000 students, every single one of them is unique, special and a gift to us all.
Sadie’s teacher, Grace Feucht remains heartbroken about the loss of a student who has made such an impact on her life. “Sadie was fierce and spunky, but she was also tender hearted and kind,” Feucht reflected. “She brought energy and joy into my class every single time she stepped in the door. She was fearless and would sing her heart out in front of her classmates. She was a gift to me and made me smile and laugh many times. I sadly expect our classroom to feel considerably emptier Monday without her precious presence. I am so grateful to have had the honor of teaching her.”
To be sure, the shock and impact will be felt far and wide as we provide our collective, steadfast support to Sadie’s family and school community. EBRPSS ICare counselors will be at Woodlawn Elementary beginning Monday to provide support for students and staff. Please keep Sadie’s family in your thoughts as we fondly remember the mark she made on so many.”
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