1 Year Anniversary Of Weleetka Murders

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Updated: 6/08/2009 9:54 pm Published: 6/08/2009 4:22 pm

  It was a desperate plea by investigators and families today, asking anyone with information about who murdered Skyla and Taylor to come forward.

  It was one year ago today, they were shot and killed just a few hundred feet away from one of their homes.

   The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said detectives have worked more 7,000 hours on this case, but detectives still don’t know who killed those girls.
  A little more than a year ago, the families of Taylor and Skyla did not picture themselves standing on the steps of a courthouse now.  They’re in front of a crowd of strangers and TV cameras, spelling their names, pleading for help in finding their daughter’s killer.

  They’d prefer to be somewhere else and around people who know their little girls.

  One place they can find that is at the memorial set up for the girls, in the same area where their bodies were found a year ago.
   William Whitaker, Skyla’s father points out all the teddy bears and flowers and crosses people from all over the country have brought to show their support.

  He said, “The two teddy bears with love. I think that was brought from a woman in Tulsa.”

  At the memorial, he doesn’t have to talk to too many strangers.  There, he’s just reminded of how much everyone loved his little girl.

  Even some old classmates still come to visit, because they say Taylor and Skyla need to know how much everyone still cares about them and loves them.

  Skyla’s dad, William Whitaker said, he tries to be strong, but it’s not always easy.

  He said, “Appearances can be deceiving and right after this interview is when I’ll probably fall apart.  Skyla wouldn’t want us to be crying or sad she’d want us to live our life.” 

  Right now, Whitaker says, until he knows who took his daughter’s life, he knows his life will be spent in front of strangers, who never knew his daughter, who don’t know her favorite color is green or how much she loved the rain.  He said, he’ll try hard to make sure they also don’t know how much it hurts that his little Skyla isn’t here.

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