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Auction to raise reward money in Weleetka-area killings

A bar in Henryetta is holding an auction this weekend to raise money for the reward fund in the 2008 slaying of two girls near Weleetka.

BY MICHAEL KIMBALL Published: June 2, 2010
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HENRYETTA — A bar in Henryetta will hold an auction Sunday to raise money for the reward fund in the slaying of two Weleetka- area girls two years ago.

The auction will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Marvin's Place, 9720 Hornbeam Road, a bar employee said. There is no set time for the auction to end.

It's the bar's third auction to raise reward funds in the June 8, 2008, shooting deaths of Taylor Paschal-Placker, 13, and Skyla Whitaker, 11, on a county road near Weleetka. No arrests have been made in the slayings, and authorities have never publicly identified a suspect despite continuing pleas for information.

Peter Placker, Taylor's grandfather, said the families are appreciative and thankful for the bar's efforts, which were organized by its owner out of compassion for the family. Placker moved to Henryetta after his granddaughter's death.

The bar is accepting donations for the auction.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is planning a news conference Tuesday, the two-year anniversary of the killings, to renew the plea for more information, OSBI spokeswoman Jessica Brown said.

The reward for information leading to the conviction of the person or people responsible in the deaths stands at $160,000, Brown said.

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