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  1. #31
    Quote Originally Posted by Lauren - CA View Post
    I think the girls were with us on Saturday afternoon. I felt at peace, something I was not expecting. It is so hard to explain.
    They were definitely there, Lauren!

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    Thank you, Ocean...it was a memory making experience. I'll try to answer some of your questions:

    How long did you all get to stay?
    Members started arriving Thursday night. Our visit to the site was on Saturday and lasted at least 4 or 5 hours.

    Did you get to stay overnight and have dinner or breakfast together?
    Yes. I'm fairly close and had to work; however, we had lunch together on Friday and the group events continued through Sunday.

    We all ate together after we toured the site Saturday evening.

    Did the Whitakers or Plackers know that you came?
    I don't know about the Whitakers - but, the Plackers did - more info on that soon.

    Did you contact the media or did they find out after you came?
    We were hesitant to make this a media event but decided at the last minute to ask them to join us.

    Did you place anything for the girls at the memorial site?
    Yes, many special things. I think each member should describe what they took and why.

    How long did it take each of you to return home?
    It took me less than an hour. lol Individuals can share details if they choose.

    LOL Sorry but you know Sister Sleuthers want to know all the scoop...

    Again, I am so glad you have created lifelong memories and are helping keep Taylor and Skyla's memory alive.


    I, personally, am so anxious to share with all of of you some of the special moments of our trip. It was truly blessed by God. Awesome!!

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    Missing Sarah - thank you so much for meeting us. Please tell your mother how much I enjoyed her - she is such a joy to be around and I am so thankful she could share the day with us.
    There were many blessings given to each of us on the trip - it turned out far better than any of us could possibly hope for - I am still stunned at the events and how they unfolded - blessed is the best way to describe it.
    An incredible group of people united for an unimaginable journey - all because of our two precious girls. We established friendships and memories to last a lifetime. We have much to share and will do so in the near future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann Fan View Post
    Missing Sarah - thank you so much for meeting us. Please tell your mother how much I enjoyed her - she is such a joy to be around and I am so thankful she could share the day with us.
    There were many blessings given to each of us on the trip - it turned out far better than any of us could possibly hope for - I am still stunned at the events and how they unfolded - blessed is the best way to describe it.
    An incredible group of people united for an unimaginable journey - all because of our two precious girls. We established friendships and memories to last a lifetime. We have much to share and will do so in the near future.

    AF, you could not have said it better!! I think we are all still in another world right now. I think most of us need time to process all the events of the past several days. Not only did we fulfill our dream of paying our respects at the memorial, but we also made forever friendships. Who knew it could turn out to be more than we could have ever imagined.

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    Missing Sarah, I also wanted to say how much I loved your mom. She is such a cutie!!! Please let her know how much we all appreciated her sharing in our journey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann Fan View Post
    Missing Sarah - thank you so much for meeting us. Please tell your mother how much I enjoyed her - she is such a joy to be around and I am so thankful she could share the day with us.
    There were many blessings given to each of us on the trip - it turned out far better than any of us could possibly hope for - I am still stunned at the events and how they unfolded - blessed is the best way to describe it.
    An incredible group of people united for an unimaginable journey - all because of our two precious girls. We established friendships and memories to last a lifetime. We have much to share and will do so in the near future.


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    hey travelers,

    I am so happy for each of you who met in OK. Websleuths is my 1st experience participating in an online forum & I am constantly amazed at the attachments we posters make. Your group certainly took it to a new level. ..... The news video is great & hopefully brought new attention that these murders have not been solved.

    I am anxious to read more about your meeting & visit with the Placker's..... details please!!! Meanwhile, I am trying to match nicknames, names & faces from the video. If you'll PM me & tell me which person you are, I'll be able to score my match-ups.

    Again, I am just so excited that you guys actually made the trek. Maybe next time i'll join you there..... I'd really like to be sitting in the courtroom the day the murderer is sentenced!

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    Oh ya, we'll ALL be in the courtroom, you included Noz!

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    NoZme, that would be awesome!

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    Media Coverage Acknowledgement

    Should any of you wish to email a thank you to the individuals responsible for the news story - just select Jerry Giordano and Yvonne Harris on the link below. They treated us and our girls' story with such respect and care.

    http://www.ktul.com/news/talentbios.html


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    I will make it a point to do that, Boots. Thanks so much!!
    In loving memory of Skyla Whitaker (1997-2008) and Taylor Paschal-Placker (1995-2008).

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    Quote Originally Posted by oceanblueeyes View Post
    Here is a big and hug for all of you! I am so proud of each one of you. I am so glad that each one of you have such heartfelt memories to share. I would have loved to have been there with you all. It shows the tremendous carrying, compassion and love you all have in your hearts.

    Now I have so many questions.

    How long did you all get to stay?
    Did you get to stay overnight and have dinner or breakfast together?
    Did the Whitakers or Plackers know that you came?
    Did you contact the media or did they find out after you came?
    Did you place anything for the girls at the memorial site?

    How long did it take each of you to return home?

    LOL Sorry but you know Sister Sleuthers want to know all the scoop...

    Again, I am so glad you have created lifelong memories and are helping keep Taylor and Skyla's memory alive.

    Ocean
    Hi Ocean~
    Here is my take on the weekend:
    We arrived in Tulsa on Thursday and Friday. Differing times of arrival due to individual schedules. We ate lunch together on Friday. You could already feel that the weekend was going to be awesome. We all laughed and got to know each other at lunch. Not a lot of discussion about the case.

    By Friday (late) afternoon, we had checked in at the hotel. The hotel had it's own uniqueness about it. (Enough said...... ) We had planned on going out to dinner but, we never left the hotel the entire night! We had snacks, water, red wine, and blackberry brandy. We visited w/ each other until very late. (1:00 am or so). One nice thing about the hotel was that the rooms had small 'fridges in them. We were able to keep snacks cold etc.....

    Saturday we left for the Memorial. When we got there, the media was already there. I was a little surprised to see them. However, I was so glad that they covered the story and got the case some much needed coverage. We all placed the items we had brought to the Memorial in the same general area. There are a lot of things already there. It was nice to see some fresh colors etc..... mixed in with the things that had already been placed. Everybody brought things that seemed important to them. It was a very peaceful experience. I brought a turtle that held a turtle necklace, and a butterfly that was on a stake and pounded into the ground. Lauren already mentioned that we met w/ the Placker's. One of the family members has the turtle necklace. She seemed genuinely happy to have it. I feel free in expressing that the Placker's were not upset that we were there. They were touched and very thankful for the efforts made by so many. The Placker's were very gracious and warm towards us. While visiting w/ them, they cried and laughed. They laughed (as did we) while they told stories about Taylor and wept (as did we) when we remembered the reason we were all drawn together in the first place.

    Saturday night we ate at the local favorite, "The Round Up" That was an experience in itself. The chicken fried steak is indescribable. Huge and delicious. Saturday night, we again stayed up late and visited. Sunday morning came way to early. We all left to head back to Tulsa around 10:30. It was hard to say good-bye. However, we definitely made friends for a lifetime.

    It is difficult to put into words all the things that were shared. I have never made friends over the internet. I had no idea what to expect. I can say w/out a doubt that it was one of the most memorable events in my life. I truly believe that we will once again meet. I only hope that it will be when whoever murdered these girls is brought to trial.

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    Good Recap, Flossie!

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    I agree, very well said Flossie! I would like to add that we were very fortunate to meet Wanda Mankin and Tammy Smith from Graham School as well. After our visit to the memorial, we were graciously given a tour of the school, and to stand in the same classroom Taylor and Skyla were in just took my breath away. We also got to see the new cheerleading uniforms and buy some more of the memory bracelets. All of that combined with the beautiful people I made this journey with made this truly a weekend that I will never EVER forget.
    In loving memory of Skyla Whitaker (1997-2008) and Taylor Paschal-Placker (1995-2008).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boots-OK View Post
    Should any of you wish to email a thank you to the individuals responsible for the news story - just select Jerry Giordano and Yvonne Harris on the link below. They treated us and our girls' story with such respect and care.

    http://www.ktul.com/news/talentbios.html
    Done, Boots! You are right! They did a great job!

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