Family in shock after homicides

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Updated: 1/30 9:24 am Published: 1/29 5:09 pm

The family of Esther Driskell and Larisa Fraley told FOX23 they still have unanswered questions after their deaths.

Driskell and Fraley were killed in Skiatook earlier this week. The family said 16-year-old Fraley was a sophomore at Skiatook High School. Fraley was 74-year-old Driskell’s great-granddaughter.

The family gave FOX23’s Price McKeon permission to talk with some of Driskell’s other great-grandchildren.

“She used to put my hair up and she used to say keep it up… so she could see my face,” said Madalyn, one of Driskell’s great-grandchildren.

“It’s just hard to believe they’re actually gone,” said Hailey, another great-grandchild.

These children said they want to talk about their “Nan.”

“Whenever it was time to go she would give us really big hugs,” said Brooklynn.

The family told FOX23 Driskell had 18 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren but she took care of more than just her family.

“Everybody loved her, everybody in town. She took care of kids not even mentioned, I mean she took care of kids that weren’t even mentioned,” said Mindy McNac, a relative.

FOX23 learned from Skiatook police that Driskell was found stabbed to death in her home on Monday night.

“There aren’t really any words to say how I feel, I’m just numb. I don’t know what to do, I don’t know what to say, I just don’t understand,” said McNac.

On Tuesday Osage County deputies found the body of Farley.

On Tuesday afternoon FOX23 was there as deputies arrested a suspect in the two homicides, Fraley's brother, Michael Devin Stanley.

“It’s unbelievable. It’s really not real,” said McNac.

The family said Stanley goes by his middle name, Devin. They say Stanley and Fraley lived with their great grandmother-grandmother at the house where she was found dead Monday.

Fraley’s cousin said the family has no idea how something like this could happen in their family.

“We don’t have a whole lot of information ourselves, we want to believe that Devon couldn’t have done this, we really, really do,” said Jennifer Ray, a relative of the victims.

The principal of Fraley's high school sent this statement:

It is with a heavy heart that our community grieves the loss of sophomore Larisa Fraley and her great-grandmother Esther Driskell. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who loved them dearly.

In light of the difficult days ahead, we will have our own counselors, counselors from other schools, and grief counselors on hand as needed. Also, area church ministers have offered to be present for students comfortable with talking to them.

As a school family, our community has always demonstrated great compassion during difficult times. During the days ahead, we will do our best to be a positive support to all students, serve each of them with patience, and offer comfort and encouragement to them through this time of loss.

A fund for the family has been set up at RCB Bank under the names Esther Driskell and Larisa Fraley. 

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