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Daughter seeking answers in parents' death


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Updated: 12/25/2011 10:22 pm Published: 12/25/2011 9:30 pm


On a day filled with love and cheers it's also a sad day for one green country family.

Four years ago, a Cherokee County couple was murdered in their home on Christmas day.

Now the victims' daughter is hoping someone might finally come forward and help investigators connect the dots to lead to an arrest.

"I miss everything. Anytime I'm cooking I can still hear my mom when I go to open the oven door, "Now Sarah be careful”, because to her I was always 13," said Sarah Keener.

She fought through the tears to tell FOX23 how she'll never forget the people who taught her how to love.

"They loved life, loved to dance, loved music, loved kids," said Keener.

Her parents, Jack and Elaine, were shot to death in Christmas of 2007.

This year would've been the couple's 50th anniversary.

"I miss all those things they were going to do, said Keener. “He was going to rebuild a car for her."

Sarah wears a necklace with a picture of her parents on it everyday.

It reminds her to stay focused on God despite how tough it may be.

"On the other side, said
Kenner. “Proverbs 3:5- trust in the lord."

She's trusting someone will come forward to help justice be served.

"We can't give up hope. We just can't give up hope. I know somebody out there knows something. I know there's probably more than one person who knows information,” said the mother of three.

Her husband of 21 years has been by her side through it all and knows they need the healing to begin.

"Let's bring this to an end. Let's heal our family and our community. Get justice is what we want."

The arrest in the murder of Skyla Whitaker and Taylor Paschal-Placker gave this family hope.

Investigators have followed up on hundreds of leads they just need the missing link.

"I'm sure it's got to be terrifying, it's got to be scary, said Kenner. “But it would mean so much for us to have an answer.

Investigators say they have a suspect but not enough evidence to stick.

They're hoping a reward of more than $10-thousand can persuade someone to come forward and help them close this case.

If you know anything about what happened that day you are encouraged to call the Cherokee County Sheriff's office at (918) 456-2583.

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