DURBAN - "I love you so much. You'll always be my hero."
These were the last words Kayla Madden spoke to her sister before she succumbed to injuries from a dog attack inside her Hillcrest home on Saturday.
Gemma, 9, died after being attacked by a pit bull at Kayla's home just hours before she was due to celebrate her 10th birthday.
The pit bull, named Nero, was euthanised by the SPCA.
Gemma, a grade 4 pupil at a school in Kloof, was dropped off at Kayla`s home in Hillcrest. Their parents went out for the evening together with Kayla's boyfriend Thomas van der Spuy.