Prayer vigil held in girls' unsolved slayings

WELEETKA, Okla. (AP) - Nearly 100 people participated in a prayer vigil for two young girls shot to death in June along a quiet country road in a killing that remains unsolved.

People gathered around a memorial yesterday hoping to refocus attention on the slayings of 11-year-old Skyla Jade Whitaker and 13-year-old Taylor Paschal-Placker.

The girls were shot to death on the afternoon of June 8 after they had gone for a walk along County Line Road, about 800 feet from the Placker home northeast of Weleetka. Their bodies were found along a shallow ditch, and they were shot a total of 13 times.

An OSBI spokesman says the agency still has several agents actively pursuing the case, and they are still receiving tips.

Since the investigation began, the OSBI has received more than 500 tips and has interviewed more than 100 people for a possible link to the crime.

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