Emma Sofia was the lucky fan who got a chance to meet Hawkins just three days before he died.
The festival was canceled due to severe weather — but that didn’t stop Emma from trying to get the Foo Fighters attention.
A friend told the family where the band was staying, so they packed up Emma’s drum kit and headed to the hotel, Peralta said. When they arrived, fans were already lined up outside in hopes of getting a glimpse of the band.
Emma set up her kit and played for about 30 minutes, her father said, performing songs by the Foo Fighters and Nirvana as the crowd cheered her on.
Fans carried her out of the crowd and over the barrier to meet Hawkins and snap a photo together.
Emma was in shock and speechless, her father said. “She said that day was about to be the worst day of her life and suddenly turned into the best day of her life.” Peralta added.
On Friday night, when news broke of Hawkins death, Emma was performing at a local restaurant.
Her parents told her the following day that he had died and, like many other fans, she was very upset.