MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The family of Rachel Shoaf released a statement Friday after fellow teen Shelia Eddy pleaded guilty to participating in the murder of their University High School classmate Skylar Neese.
Shoaf, 17, previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in connection with the July 2012 stabbing death. Shoaf was expected to testify against Eddy had the case gone to trial.
Morgantown attorneys John Angotti and David Straface released the statement on behalf of the Shoaf family:
“We continue to grieve over this tragedy. We acknowledge that Shelia Eddy has finally admitted her involvement and accepted responsibility for her actions in Skylar’s death.
“Her death is consistent with the prior admission and statements made by Rachel Shoaf and will help to bring some closure in this matter for the Neese family without the necessity of their having to endure the pain and heartache of a trial.
“We continue to pray that we will all find peace in our hearts and the strength to move forward.”