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.”

 

 

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  • ashley reckon

    I believe she had fair sentencing and she realizes what she did was wrong. And I do not believe in death penilty n never didI understand everyones upset but these girls are paying for their actions

    • Jessika

      Yes, they are paying for their actions at tax payer's expense. They are fed, and housed, and clothed, despite the fact that they viscously murdered an innocent girl who had a bright future ahead of her. They showed their "best friend" no mercy, why do they deserve any? I'm not saying we go around executing everyone in jail, but for cases like this, where there is proof beyond doubt that they purposely ended someone's life, there is no logical reason to keep them alive. As for her remorse, it is too little too late. I will not look upon someone with pity because they feel bad about a murder they spent months planning. This was not self-defense or even passion; these girls planned how they would do it and even counted down, like it was a game. I do believe they deserve the death penalty, but a lifetime of shame and regret will have to do.

  • WVU_93

    While we all like the eye for an eye mentality, there is a ton of garbage in public parks and on the side of the roads so bring back the chain gangs.

  • Unioncarpenter

    Seems some of you believe your paying to keep killers fed and housed. Seems some of you enjoy wasting your money for this and some of you hate it. If there's no doubt of guilt give them what they gave. Too many bleeding hearts.

  • griff

    Just one more incident that begs for the death penalty to be reinstated. Neither Shoaf or Eddy deserve to live. They are nothing but cold blooded KILLERS. Why should my tax money keep these scumbag killers in jail.

  • LEE ARTHUR

    What's wrong with killing some one who has murdered another person ?

    • Guardian

      I have no problem whatsoever in putting to death a TRULY guilty person. But if there is the slightest doubt, or a case is purely circumstantial, then I have a problem.

      In the case of these two young women, they confessed - freely confessed. Add to that, the state had a preponderance of evidence that would have supported a murder conviction. If we had the death penalty in WV, then I'd have no issue with signing their execution order.

      But because in far too many cases, there may be enough evidence to convict, there is still some small, lingering doubt. In those cases, I would absolutely NOT sign an execution order.

  • Guardian

    Even one mistaken execution - and they have happened over the years - should give pause in reimplementing the death penalty. Picture yourselves wrongly convicted and facing the death penalty with all of your appeals exhausted.

    What's wrong with the penal system is essentially the lack of hard work. Able bodied prisoners should be working every day for their food and upkeep. Yes, bring back chain gangs. We have potholes from one end of the state to the other - let the prisoners patch them, pick up litter, clean out the drainage ditches, repair signs & guard rails. Heck with the ACLU claiming protection under the cruel and unusual punishment clauses in the Constitution. There is nothing cruel and unusual for working for the food that goes into your mouth or the roof over your head.

    Lastly, I do feel sympathy for both the Shoaf and Eddy families in this ONE respect - they too are suffering and they never intentionally raised their daughters to behave in this savage manner. I say to all of you, the day you say the words "my kid would never . . .", is the day you tempt fate. None of us TRULY know for a certainty what one of our kids will do or not do.

    • Hillbilly

      +1
      I HAVE imagined a false accusation landing me in prison under a death sentence - with no way out. Luckily it usually takes over 20 years to execute someone.

    • Tabby

      Even if chain gangs are too risky, by having criminals out and about, I am sure we could manage in house work to lower the economic damage that prisoners cause. We buy so much stuff from China, so why not have prisons making it instead? Or put them to work picking fruit, veggies, raising livestock, etc., to pay their way, and help starving kids here. Surely we can find a way to punish them without us footing the bill of their 10, 20, 70 yr prison terms.

  • jay ziehm

    Your right (WV Worker) this state does need the death penalty. but the legislature does not have the grapes to pass such a law. worried about not being elected for another term rather than the good of the people and the victims in cases like this. I can think of at least 10 cases in North Central WV. where the death penalty would warrant. the sad thing about the death penalty is their in jail for 25 years before their executed. give them 90 days for appeals if they don't win a stay or conviction overturned string them up throw the switch or what ever. maybe let the family chose the method of death and be done with it..

    • Skeptic

      Death penalty solves nothing. The ultimate punishment for an imperfect legal system. Let's hear you advocate for it when you are wrongly accused. It's not justice, it's revenge.

      • nank

        I am sorry but I do believe if there is no doubt they should get death penalty. If more people suffered this maybe people would think twice before doing these evil things...Kitchen knives? Really! So now they just go into prison on our money and we just keep them... Waste I am sorry! The only good thing about this is they have time to repent truly repent and God would in no wise cast them out on the day of judgement.

  • Skeptic

    Sigh....So many of you calling the system flawed and broken but then you trust it to decide who is to die. There is a serious 'death culture' in America, and those advocating for the killing of Sheila Eddy are no better than Sheila herself. An eye for an eye only leads to a blind world. Go read the holy book that so many of you profess to believe in.

    • Tabby

      Where do you think the 'eye for an eye' thing came from?

      Exodus 21:24 ► NLT
      an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a hand for a hand, a foot for a foot,

      Exodus 21:25 ► NLT
      a burn for a burn, a wound for a wound, a bruise for a bruise.


      I have my own morals and stick to them daily without religion, so I don't personally profess the bible as a way of life. I just had to comment on it because these previous post about god, the bible, and the death sentence.

      I am honestly glad that people don't live by the bible word for word because its seriously messed up stuff sometimes... (Here come the hysterical christians jumping at their keyboards now).

      Now since you brought up the bible and 2 out of 3 people believe in some form of it...
      lets imagine that we lived by the book in the 2 following from exodus - but change the "bull" to "minor" (and remove the eaten part)...

      Exodus 21:28 ►

      "If a bull gores a man or woman to death, the bull is to be stoned to death, and its meat must not be eaten. But the owner of the bull will not be held responsible.

      Exodus 21:29 ►

      New International Version
      If, however, the bull has had the habit of goring and the owner has been warned but has not kept it penned up and it kills a man or woman, the bull is to be stoned and its owner also is to be put to death.

      Ok I guess it would be ok if it were a bull. Now lets imagine that parents were made this responsibile for their children/teens - would things be different?
      Would Rachel and Shelia's parents had cared about the drug use of their kids more? Or the fact that they rode around with the drunk driver/older friend, who bragged about her drinking/drug use? Maybe they would have not gotten high/drunk with their kids. Or they would have taken the time to 'facebook and Twitter stalk' them. They would have seen the threats and depression surronding some of them... who knows?

      These girls were so used to being told yes dear that the thought of a negative look was enough to make them kill their "friend." They are narcissistic sociopaths, and those types can not be rehabilitated. I do believe that Shelia was the mastermind and I think she lacks all empathy except for herself. People like her do not "get better" in the mental sense. She may 'get better' at manipulating, even to the point of not reoffending; not because she knows its wrong or evil, but because she knows it gets you put in jail for 30+ years.

      This is why I never know where to stand on death penalty issues - people like Shelia - who I know can't be rehabilitated but at the same time, am I ok with sentencing her to death, if she was born or wired defective and/or void of the ability to empathize?

  • WV Worker

    I have a question for our legal systems, How many more lives will be taken because quote unquote," We didn't want to be friends anymore," I feel sorry for all families involved but just will not be served by going to jail. The girls knew what they were doing and need to pay with their lives also. It's time West Virginia grew so balls and put the death penalty in place. They keep complaining how much it cost for housing inmates, lets weed some of them out, for good. If you use the death penalty law enough times, crimes likes these will stop. The guilty know they will not die for their crimes, so stay in jail awhile, get out and do it again. It's time to STOP letting criminals kill our love ones.

    • Tabby

      There is a common misconception when determining that the outcome of punishments given to previous criminals will somehow prevent future crimes... the simplest way to explain the flaw; criminals do not think they will get caught. If they considered the potential punishments prior to the criminal act, this would be effective, but they do not. This is evident almost everytime a verdict is read or a sentence is given - the defendant/criminal always seems surprised.

      The punishment given to one criminal is for his/her own criminal behavior, after the fact. We can only hope that it will prevent them from
      re-offending, but to imagine it will prevent others is irresponsible of us. It may work (occasionally) in certain situations, like school - suspensions/ expulsions for fighting may prevent a few fights, but not in the real world. It works in school environments because the risk of being caught is pretty clear.

      I wish it worked that way. It doesn't mean they shouldn't be punished by any means. They should. But prevention starts before criminal minds are formed, rather than with another criminal's punishment.

      Just my view though.

  • leroy j gibbs

    God bless the Shoaf family

    • sammy

      God bless them, why?? I have no sympathy for them or the Eddy family. They raised these evil girls. Let them suffer just like the Neese family is suffering.

  • Unioncarpenter

    People in this country have become too soft. When are we going to stop keeping people in prison that are a drag on our society? The ones in prison have it better than you can ever imagine. Health care,food and housing , tv . Just about anything they need and we provide it. A killer can never be an asset . So why house them??

  • steve

    Maybe she can get a job cleaning toilets---after her parole..She apparently isn't worth much more than that...............

  • Edie

    15 yrs, are you kidding, will Skylar's family get her back in 15 yrs? no she is gone forever! I feel these girls should get the same fate they gave Skylar, the life they took from Skylar should be the same life they receive- never to have a life outside of those prison walls. In 15 yrs Skylar is not going to get up out of that grave and have her life back! What they did was pure evil. It would make one wonder, who can we trust if we can't trust a friend!!

    • Dee

      I agree with this statement: I am totally shocked at 15 years there is a chance she will be released from prison.. I honestly felt both these girls should of had a death penalty. I am truly sorry for the parents of those two girls, but not as sorry as I am for the Neese family. They forever lost a daughter , they can never get back the family circle. they all once shared..

      • Tabby

        No death for juvinille offenders. Otherwise they may have. Pure evil in these two girls, and they will be out in time to have kids of their own... now that is scarey!

  • IRON HORSE

    SORRY DOSEN'T BRING SKYLAR BACK! THERE CAN NEVER BE CLOSER. IF IT HAD BEEN YOUR DAUGHTER WOULD YOU FIND CLOSER?

  • observer

    I pray for peace and comfort for this family. The hearts of all good people mourn for their pain. As a father myself, I cannot imagine how difficult this must be to face; I hope they know that there are so many people out there, whom they have never met, who pray for their peace.

    • Dee

      Can you ever have peace when you know your daughter has taken the life of another person.

      • pink44

        She knew what her daughter did for months after the confession, yet she sure seemed fine and peaceful when she was taking her daughter out to the beach, to party it on up, prior to her surrendering. Letting her run wild, drink, smoking pot with her, all documented by Rachel. Seems they will be just fine... the Neeses however, will not.