Two years later, families look back on girls' slayings near Weleetka

It's been two years since Taylor Paschal-Placker, 13, and her friend, Skyla Jade Whitaker, 11, were found shot to death on a rural road not far from Weleetka. The investigation is ongoing, but no arrests have been made.

BY MANNY GAMALLO - Tulsa World Modified: June 6, 2010 at 7:03 am •  Published: June 6, 2010
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WELEETKA — Vicki Placker is convinced someone in the area knows something about the killings of her daughter and her best friend two years ago.

"Have a heart,” Placker asks that person. "Be a man, or a woman, and help us solve this case so our babies can rest.”

It was a sunny Sunday afternoon on June 8, 2008, when the bodies of Taylor Paschal-Placker, 13, and her friend, Skyla Jade Whitaker, 11, were found in a ditch along County Line Road, not far from the Placker home.

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Auction aids reward
An auction to raise reward money in the killings of two girls near Weleetka in 2008 will be held Sunday afternoon at Marvin's Place.


The auction has been tentatively set for 1 p.m. or thereafter at Marvin's Place, located west of town at 9720 Hornbeam Road (U.S. 62).

The girls — Taylor Paschal-Placker, 13, and her friend, Skyla Jade Whitaker, 11 — were found slain in a ditch along County Line Road, about four miles northeast of Weleetka. The killings occurred on June 8, 2008.

A reward fund set up to find their killers now stands at $160,000.

For more information on the auction, call Marvin's Place at (918) 650-0411.

Anyone with information about the case should call the OSBI at (800) 522-8017 or the Okfuskee County Sheriff's office at (918) 623-1122.

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