Family, friends remember slain Okmulgee woman

OKMULGEE, Okla. - Family and friends held a memorial Thursday afternoon at an Okmulgee church to remember a woman who was murdered by her fiancé last summer.

Ashley Taylor and Kevin Sweat were engaged and planning a trip to Louisiana to get married in July.

After Taylor went missing, her family said Sweat may be responsible for her disappearance.

Authorities say Sweat confessed to killing Ashley and found her charred remains near the home of Sweat's father.

Sweat was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in Taylor's death.

Sweat has also been charged in the shooting deaths of 13-year-old Taylor-Paschal Placker and 11-year-old Skyla Whitaker near Weleetka in Okfuskee County in 2008.

The Okfuskee County District Attorney's office is asking for the death penalty for Sweat.

He is currently in a Seminole County jail awaiting trial for the three homicides.

A memorial fund has been set up to help Taylor's family with the cost of funeral expenses.  Donations to the Ashley Celeste Taylor Memorial Fund can be made at the First Family Credit Union of Henryetta and Okmulgee.

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