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Auction helps raise reward in Weleetka girls' slayings

HENRYETTA — A community of spirit came together Sunday, not for the barbecue or the country music, but to help raise reward money in the killings of two girls near Weleetka two years ago.

BY MANNY GAMALLO - Tulsa World Modified: June 7, 2010 at 7:00 am •  Published: June 7, 2010
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HENRYETTA — A community of spirit came together Sunday, not for the barbecue or the country music, but to help raise reward money in the killings of two girls near Weleetka two years ago.

Area residents showed up at Marvin's Place west of town for an auction, with many wearing shirts and ribbons in memory of the girls, slain June 8, 2008, on a country road.

Taylor Paschal-Placker was 13 when she and her best friend, Skyla Jade Whitaker, 11, were shot a total of 13 times as they walked along County Line Road, nearly four miles northeast of Weleetka.

Their killers remain at large, despite a reward fund which now stands at more than $160,000.

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Conference planned
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation will have a news conference at 10 a.m. Tuesday to give an update on its two-year investigation into the Taylor Paschal-Placker and Skyla Jade Whitaker slayings. The news conference will be at the scene of the killings in Weleetka, and both the Placker and Whitaker families are expected to be there. Investigators say they think the killers are local.

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