Prayer vigil for murder victims in Skiatook


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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 1/30 10:41 pm Published: 1/30 10:39 pm


The town of Skiatook gathered together Thursday night to honor the lives of two people killed on Monday.

Larisa Fraley and her great-grandmother, Esther Driskell, were both found dead and now Fraley's half-brother, Michael Devin Stanley, is being held without bail in connection to their deaths.

Sara Herzler was a friend of Fraley and still remembers where she was when she heard the horrible news.

"I was at school, and at first I didn't want to believe it and then I saw everything on the news," said Herzler.

According to Skiatook police, Fraley's great-grandmother, Esther Driskell, was found stabbed to death in her home Monday night.

Then early Tuesday, Osage County deputies discovered Fraley's body in a van south of the Skiatook dam.

For her friends and classmates, the pain is almost too much.

"Honestly right now, I don't know what to feel. It's just really hard," Herzler said.

"It is very shocking and it's one of those things that you never anticipate. I don't think anywhere you live but particularly in Skiatook," said Pastor Jim Stratton.

Following Thursday's prayer vigil, students released green and blue balloons into the sky.


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