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Slain Weleetka girls' classmates return to school

Oklahoman Modified: August 6, 2008 at 5:46 am •  Published: August 5, 2008

Including Chancey, the school system has a dozen teachers for about 100 students. The independent school system — kindergarten through the 12th grade — is located along Oklahoma 84, about seven miles east of Weleetka. It serves a 48-square-mile area, taking in students from the rural areas around Weleetka, Dustin and Henryetta.

The school is not very far from the rural road where the lifeless bodies of Skyla and Taylor were found in a shallow roadside ditch. Both had been shot several times in the head and body.

Authorities believe two killers were involved, because each of the girls was shot with two different caliber of bullets.

Skyla was visiting Taylor at her home, and, as they often had done, decided to go for a walk along the road to the Bad Creek bridge, about a half-mile from the Placker residence.

Investigators said the girls had reached the bridge and were heading back to Taylor's home when they were ambushed.

They left for the walk around 5 p.m. and their bodies were discovered about 30 minutes later by Taylor's father, Peter Placker, less than 1,000 feet from his home.

Authorities are still hard at work on the case, chasing more than 500 leads, along with having questioned more than 100 people, with many more interviews to go.

Because of the remote location of the murder scene, investigators with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation believe the killers live in the area.

A memorial to the girls bearing flowers, photos, stuffed animals and crosses continues to grow at the murder scene. has disabled the comments for this article.


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