Father Breaks Silence About Weleetka Murders

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Updated: 7/09/2008 10:57 pm Published: 7/09/2008 8:14 pm

It’s been one month since the shocking discovery of the two little girls killed just down the road from their homes.

Now the community of Weleetka is struggling to come to terms with what happened and why no one has been arrested.

For the families of Skyla Whitaker and Taylor Paschal-Placker not knowing who killed their little girls is upsetting and frustrating.

For the first time, Skyla’s Father breaks his silence to Fox 23’s Abbie Alford about the loss of his daughter and her friend Taylor.
As Skyla’s father William Whitaker walks down the dirt road, the same dirt road where Skyla and Taylor were killed, he feels something land on him,

"See it, it landed on me, it landed right here on my….” A butterfly lands on his heart. William says Skyla loved butterflies.

So to honor her, he’s wearing a memorial t-shirt so everyday both girls are remembered.

As he continues to walk, and this walk, as pretty as it is, is still a painful reminder the killer is out there.

"I can understand why they would walk here … It's beautiful."

But now the walk leads back to what life for this family used to be like when Skyla was still alive and vibrant.

William says the most painful part is at home, "I get up in the morning. I'll look over where she slept. All curled up in a sleeping bag part of the time where she would watch TV all night. She's not there, she's not there," says William.

As much pain as this father is in he knows he has to take steps forward to begin what is a long journey a head of him.

"The smallest step, that's something you have to do.” As he continues to take bigger steps William says, “I don't know if it's closer to finding an answer or if it's closer to mending my heart."
His mixed emotions are overwhelming. William says he’s thankful for the community’s support, but he knows it won’t bring his daughter or Taylor back, “We've gotten a lot of 'I'm sorry’s or if there is anything that you want or need', the only thing I want or need I can't ever have."

William says all he can ask for now, is the killers be caught so he can bring the girls justice, “Those babies didn't do anything to anybody."

Again, the Whitaker and Paschal-Placker family say they are thankful for everyone’s support.

If you want to help, you can contact the Bank of Commerce in Weleetka at (405) 786-2216 or you can send donations to P.O. Box 248, Waleetka, OK, 74880.


OSBI says they have received more than 450 leads. Here’s what investigators are releasing: They have given polygraph tests, submitted DNA and have conducted interviews.

As of Wednesday night, they still believe the killer or killers could be a local person.

The person of interest in this case is described as a mid-30’s Native American, about six feet tall with long dark hair. He was last seen driving a white truck with Oklahoma tags. If you have any information call the OSBI line at (800)-522-8017

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Scott - 7/23/2009 3:09 AM
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I too, think the killer's are local. Alway's, you start with the family, and or people, that new them the best! Then work your way from there!

Nomurcee187 - 7/18/2008 7:15 PM
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I think the killers are local, in fact, I think the killers are youngsters who enjoyed shooting their guns off of the bridge. I also think it was at first an accident but the suspects decided to finish off the girls because the girls could identify them. I think the OSBI should question all of the kids who liked to shoot their guns off of the bridge. I also think OSBI will find shell casing that match the ones found at the scene, if they were to look in the water or the area around the bridge, they will more than likely find shell casings that match.
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