HENRYETTA — Several hundred people filled the Dewar First Baptist Church this morning to remember one of the two girls gunned down on a rural Okfuskee County road earlier this week.
The body of Taylor Dawn Paschal-Placker, 13, lay in a pristine white casket draped with a blanket of pink and white carnations as her family and friends passed by. Some stopped and shook their heads in disbelief as the passed the girl's casket.
Several of the girl's family members were sobbing so hard they had to be held up.
Taylor, and Skyla Jade Whitaker, 11, were found shot to death in a ditch along a dirt road near Weleetka, less than a mile from Taylor's home Sunday evening. They had gunshot wounds to the head and chest, according to the State Medical Examiner's Office. The girls had left Taylor's house on a walk, when they didn't return, Taylor's grandfather went looking for the girls and found their bodies.
No arrests have been made in the case and authorities are still seeking a motive.
During Taylor's funeral, the Rev. Ron King reminded people from the small community of Weleetka to stay unified.
"It's time for this community to draw closer together," King said. "How are we going to protect our children if we don't come closer together? Don't let this end a tragedy. Something good is going to come out of all this. We have to believe that."
Outside, media cameras gathered on a grassy patch. A gang of motorcyclists from Bikers Against Child Abuse stood in front of the cameras and held up their jackets in an attempt to block the cameras.
The community in eastern Oklahoma was still seeking answers as they buried the first young victim in a gruesome slaying. A funeral for Skylar is set for 2 p.m. in Henryetta.