On Sunday, June 9th, 2008, Taylor Paschal Placker and Skyla Whiaker were in their play clothes walking down a rural road in Oklahoma. As best friends, their day likely began as all the others in summers past. Swimming in a creek, playing with dolls or riding their bikes together.
For each child's family their daily routines abruptly halted the moment the granfather discovered the girls bodies and news was received of their slayings. Taylor and Skyla were found gunned down with multiple gunshots in an area well traveled by town residents.
Taylor and Skyla will never graduate from grammer, high school or college. They will never experience of joy of motherhood. The girls will be a tragic memory for many years, in the community. On a road, at a specific time, people from the this small town will remember as they drive by and point to the area where they were senselessly slain.
When school begins in the fall, two seats will be painfully vacant.
And for Taylor and Skyla's families, the empty chair at the dinner table will be a constant reminder of times shared together, as a family, before June 9, 2008.
A $14,000 reward is being offered for information and the arrest of those responsible.
Anyone with information about the crime is urged to callthe OSBI hotline at 1-800-522-8017 or the Okfuskee County Sheriff’s Office at (918)623-1122.