Happy 22nd Birthday, Selena Marie Gomez (July 22nd, 1992).
On July 6, 2012, 16-year-old Skylar Neese was stabbed to death by her two best friends, Shelia Eddy and Rachel Shoaf. Six months later, Rachel confessed to police and led them to Skylar’s remains. Sheilia continued to plead not guilty — until January 2014, when she finally admitted her part in the brutal murder. Both teens claimed they killed Skylar because they “didn’t want to be friends with her anymore” .
Seventeen-year-old Rachel Shoaf apologized before being sentenced Wednesday in Monongalia County Circuit Court. She pleaded guilty last May to second-degree murder in the July 2012 death of 16-year-old Skylar Neese.
Media outlets report that Judge Russell Clawges ordered Shoaf to serve her sentence in a state prison. She’ll remain in a juvenile facility until her 18th birthday.
Co-defendant Shelia Eddy was sentenced Jan. 24 to life in prison with the possibility of parole for first-degree murder.
Neese was lured from her home, stabbed to death and her body left in the woods. Prosecutors never divulged a motive. Shoaf told police the girls no longer wanted to be friends with Neese.
Skylar Neese, 16, disappeared from her Sky City, West Virginia, home in July 2012. Security cameras captured her getting into a car near her bedroom window. Skylar’s friend, Shelia Eddy, 16, claimed that she and Rachel Shoaf picked Skylar up, and they went for a drive but brought her back an hour later. Six months passed before there was a major break in the case: Rachel Shoaf, 16, confessed that she and Shelia drove Skylar to a remote location and stabbed her to death. Unable to dig a hole to bury the body, Rachel told police they covered Skylar’s body with branches.
Rachel pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 30 years in prison and will be eligible for parole in 10 years. Shelia continued to plead not guilty until January 2014, when she finally pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison. She will be eligible for parole in 15 years.
Skylar’s parents, Dave and Mary, are still struggling to understand how this tragedy happened — especially at the hands of her two friends. “Shelia was her best friend,” Dave says. “Skylar first met Shelia when both of them were about 8 years old.”
“They called each other sisters, always saying, ‘We’re sisters forever,’” Mary says. “You could hardly get them apart. They were in school all day together, talked on the phone all night.”
“We started having weird feelings about Shelia from the time she moved here,” Dave says. “Shelia felt like she was the center of universe. If it didn’t involve her, she didn’t care about it.”
“Of course, you can’t pick your child’s friends, so we just tried to accept her,” Mary says. “Shelia more or less controlled every move Skylar made. I did not know Rachel near as well as Shelia. Rachel just came to their school and into their lives. Seemed like an all-around happy teenager to me.”
“They were always together. I never even vaguely thought Skylar would’ve ever been in danger,” Dave says.
“Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it is that we did wrong. But we think you’re crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us: in the simplest terms and in the most convenient definitions…. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain. And an athlete. And a basket case. A princess. And a criminal. Does that answer your question? Sincerely yours, The Breakfast Club.”
I fucking love this movie so much.
i dont even have guilty pleasures anymore i just like stuff and if people have a problem with that they can go fuck themselves
Birthday drinks 🎉❤️
Thank you for my awards @predatorscheer! Most improved tumbler, viper and coaches awards! So lucky to be with such a talented, hardworking and loving team! Had such an amazing first season and I cannot wait for next season with my second family!! Feeling very blessed right now! ☺️
I was extra excited when I heard that I was going to be on the February issue because I knew I was going to get to wear a lot of pink.