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Two girls, 11 and 13, found shot on roadside

By Johnny Johnson and Sheila Stogsdill Modified: June 9, 2008 at 7:58 pm •  Published: June 9, 2008

Mosher said his niece was vibrant and full of energy.

"Taylor was the most lively, beautiful little girl you ever met," Mosher said. "She was very intelligent and had good grades. She didn't have an enemy in this world. People who didn't even know her loved her."

Many in the small community of Weleetka, located about 90 miles east of Oklahoma City, were stunned to hear the news.

"Taylor was a top student," said Wanda Mankin, who serves as the elementary school principal and counselor. "She had been home-schooled before she came to us."

Taylor was the only girl in the sixth grade and Skyla was in the fifth grade at the Graham school district. Located in the four corners of Okfuskee, Okmulgee, Hughes and McIntosh counties, the school is about four miles from Dustin.

The school has 100 students from prekindergarten through the 12th grade and another 70 students in an on-line pilot program, she said.

Mankin described Skyla as an outgoing, bubbly, tall lanky brunette who played basketball, while Taylor was a sandy blond student who was quiet and studious.

Taylor was also elected elementary queen after selling the most raffle tickets for a fundraiser.

"In a school this size, we all feel their (parent's) pain," Mankin said. "Their parents want people to know these were good kids."

Mankin said school counselors will be available for students from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday and from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday.

CONTRIBUTING: Staff Writer Brian Sargent

Guest book: Taylor Dawn Paschal-Placker Guest book: Skyla Jade Whitaker has disabled the comments for this article.


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