Skylar Neese Murder Gets National Media Attention
Written by Jared Pelletier
Last updated on March 11, 2014 @ 8:33PM
Created on March 10, 2014 @ 7:11PM
Skylar Neese was 16 years old when she was brutally stabbed to death in July 2012. Rachel Shoaf, 17, and Sheila Eddy, 18, lured the Star City teenager out of her home and carried out a murder plot.
Eddy and Shoaf have both been convicted of murder. Eddy is serving a life sentence in prison with the possibility of parole in 15 years. Shoaf was sentenced to 30 years behind bars and she'll be parole eligible in 10 years.
Shoaf was the last of the two teens to learn her fate. She was sentenced on February 26. Since then nationwide television coverage of the case exploded and a novel written about the murder called The Savage Murder of Skylar Neese has gained popularity.
On Monday, Skylar's father and the book's authors spoke to 5 News exclusively for their first local appearances following recent national television exposure.
Dave Neese is saying his family is thinking about other children. He said, "We want to get the message out to them so this kind of thing could be avoided."
Local authors Daleen Berry and Geoffrey Fuller are playing a big role in sharing Skylar's story. Their book available for purchase is only a partial version, but it's currently a best seller online. It's only available in an e-book format.
Both writers are saying providing details about how Skylar snuck out of her home unsuspectingly and was killed by two girls she thought were her best friends hasn't been easy.
"One of the challenges was weaving it together in a good storyline, but also adjusting it according to new information that would pop up," said Fuller.
The pain and suffering the Neese's feel is still clear and many family members claim it may never go away. Dave Neese said, "There's at least two hours out of each of our days that we do nothing but think of Skylar."
Covering Skylar's murder has been draining for the book's writers in a different way. Daleen Berry said, "I've never been involved in a project or story this deeply."
Dave Neese claims the media attention and hearing gruesome details takes its toll, but he hopes spreading his message about families needing to communicate closely will help save someone else.
"We don't want to hear it, but those parents out there and children out there please pay attention," said Dave Neese.
One question many people still have is why did this happen? Berry and Fuller believe they have the answer and claim it'll be written about in the full version of the book.
"I believe we have the definitive answer. I can't say what it is, but it should give people the answer they want to the question of why she was murdered," said Berry.
The full version of the story titled Pretty Little Killers: The Truth Behind the Savage Murder of Skylar Neese is expected to be released in June.
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