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Lana

Newnan, GA

#1 Mar 4, 2007
Does anyone remember what happened to the little girl who was murdered in Hogansville, Georgia in 1998? Her name was Pamela, and I can't find anything on how, where, or by whom she was murdered, even though the scene of the crime was never fully cleared. Ropes and other devices still hang from the trees where she spent her last moments alive.
Pamela

United States

#2 Mar 7, 2007
They caught the guy who killed her the night she was killed. The boy who killed her was 14. She's buried in hogansville. I think her last name is Duffy.
ajoe

Atlanta, GA

#3 Feb 8, 2009
Scottie Matagert was the boy
ajoe

Atlanta, GA

#4 Feb 8, 2009
Slain girl gets memorial garden
HOGANSVILLE -- A 7-year-old girl who was killed last year is being memorialized with a school garden.
Pamela Sue Yearta, a second-grader at Hogansville Elementary School, was stabbed to death Dec. 18 near her home about 50 miles southwest of Atlanta.
A 14-year-old neighbor, Scott McTaggart, has been charged with murder in the case.
The garden, built with money collected for Pamela Sue's memorial fund, will have a fountain and a statue of a little girl reading a book. It is nearing completion and will be dedicated April 30.
Girl from the village

Fort Collins, CO

#5 Apr 23, 2009
I lived by Scottie as a child. He was quite a bit younger than me. Someone should have helped him before this happened. It was obvious there was something not quite right about him or his mother for that matter.
Nicole Yearta

Jefferson, GA

#6 May 14, 2009
Pamela Sue Yearta was my cousin Scott McTaggert did murder her... she was raped and slashed in an x pattern from one end of her body to the other if you really must know.... why cant you just let her rest in peace?
LARRY GORDON

Marietta, GA

#7 Jun 30, 2009
YOU ARE THE ONE WHO NEEDS TO LET GO, NICOLE. WHY ELSE WOULD YOU RESPOND AND IDENTIFY WITH THE CHILD IF YOU DID NOT CRAVE ATTENTION? SEEK HELP, PERVERTED LIMELIGHT IS NOT A HEALING SOURCE.
micole yearta

Atlanta, GA

#8 Feb 6, 2010
pamela sue was my little cousin can you ppl please let her rest in peace scott mctaggert is in prison for the rest of his life. JUSTICE HAS BEEN SERVED..... please dont try to post things about people that you do not know..... pamela is in heaven singing with the angels and blogging about what you THINK happened isnt going to bring her back so PLEASE HAVE RESPECT FOR MY FAM AND STOP!!!!!
Nicole yearta

Atlanta, GA

#9 Feb 6, 2010
LARRY GORDON wrote:
YOU ARE THE ONE WHO NEEDS TO LET GO, NICOLE. WHY ELSE WOULD YOU RESPOND AND IDENTIFY WITH THE CHILD IF YOU DID NOT CRAVE ATTENTION? SEEK HELP, PERVERTED LIMELIGHT IS NOT A HEALING SOURCE.
NOBODY IS SEEKING ATTENTION IM JUST ASKING FOR PEOPLE TO LET IT GO SHE IS MORE THAN A LITTLE GIRL NOW SHE IS A LITTLE ANGEL TO AND THE MEMORY OF HER NEEDS TO BE PRESERVED BY US (THE FAMILY) INSTEAD OF PEOPLE WHO DO NOT KNOW HER AT ALL!!!!
Hogansville Resident

United States

#10 Feb 6, 2010
Nicole,

Most people would want the memory of their loved ones to live forever; by her family AND HER FRIENDS. It was a horrible tragic thing that happened to her. You are right, she is an Angel in Heaven now! There were alot of people here in Hogansville that knew her and nobody on this thread is trying to say anything bad about her. She was a friend of my two daughters who happened to be the same age as her and were her classmate; it was hard on not only Pamela's family, it was also hard on those that were her friends. It is hard to explain to an 8 year old that their friend has gone to be with Jesus. She is resting in peace no one is trying to take that away, but you cannot tell people not to keep their memories of her alive because her family should be the only ones able to preserve those memories, that is just being selfish.....
hogansville resident

United States

#11 Sep 6, 2010
I lived in hogansville when this happened and I can tell u the whole community was sad. I think that everyone has let it go the girl is in heaven now and I watched the whole thing
Callie Thornton

Lagrange, GA

#12 Nov 9, 2010
Reading this thread I was shocked and appalled.

The thread was started with an inquiry by someone curious as to what ever happened with the case. Unfortunately phrases like this one" Ropes and other devices still hang from the trees where she spent her last moments alive." are not something that any close friend or a family member would expect to read, want to read, hear or think about. The same with what seems to be concern about the young boy who committed the crime. As family of the victim I see Nicole's reaction as quite normal.

There was nothing in the previous comments that came across as "keeping her memory alive"!
Therefore this comment: "but you cannot tell people not to keep their memories of her alive because her family should be the only ones able to preserve those memories, that is just being selfish....."
Was rude and out of line!

and THIS comment:
“Let go? Crave attention? Perverted limelight?”
This was a post of true sick ignorance and YOU should be ashamed of yourself.

Before hearing about the crime on the news, I had never met Pamela or her parents. When I first heard about it my heart immediately went out to this family. I felt compelled to reach out to them in some small way and that is what I did. I got in my car and drove to Hogansville, which is my still my hometown. Before going to their home I went by McKibben's, the door was open, I signed the book. I spent several minutes with little Pamela, I cried for her and her family, for my little girl and my family.
I drove to the apartment complex in hopes of locating the right apartment because I wanted to show my respect and to let them know that I "understood" how they were feeling as I too had just recently lost a child, age 8 in October 1997. I doubt they remember me at all because they were in shock. However I do think of them quite often.

"The pain will go away, with time." "It won't be so bad, after a while." So say these friends of mine...
But they have never lost a child....

The pain will never go away! Yet it softens some, with time. My child is gone, it hurts to say, I'll never be "just fine"

Callie Sanders Thornton
Copyright 2006
Hogansville Resident

Opelika, AL

#13 Nov 9, 2010
This is in response to Ms. Thorntons' post and the statement as far as her "not seeing anything coming across as keeping her memory alive"...

If you will go back to the post directly above mine you will see where Ms. Yearta is saying that the family should only be the ones able to preserve her memory.

This tragedy happened over 10 years ago...My daughters are now 21 and they still talk about her...so that memory is still there for two people that were not related to her, but they were her friend...they have kept her memory alive! My statement was not being harsh, it was merely to let her know that Pamela was loved by many more people than just those related to her, and it would be selfish to think that only the family deserves the right to hold precious memories of her.

Anonymous

Lagrange, GA

#14 Nov 10, 2010
Hogansville Resident wrote:
This is in response to Ms. Thorntons' post and the statement as far as her "not seeing anything coming across as keeping her memory alive"...
If you will go back to the post directly above mine you will see where Ms. Yearta is saying that the family should only be the ones able to preserve her memory.
This tragedy happened over 10 years ago...My daughters are now 21 and they still talk about her...so that memory is still there for two people that were not related to her, but they were her friend...they have kept her memory alive! My statement was not being harsh, it was merely to let her know that Pamela was loved by many more people than just those related to her, and it would be selfish to think that only the family deserves the right to hold precious memories of her.
Please allow me to clarify this portion of my comment to you.
“There was nothing in the previous comments that came across as "keeping her memory alive"!

Going on an assumption that Nicole cannot read in the future, it is my belief, that Nicole was reacting to the previous posts before hers, am I not correct? Both of your comments came after her postings which also tells me that she was not referring to your posts. In other words, giving Nicole the benefit of the doubt because I do not know her personally, it is my opinion that she did not mean what she said, referring to you, anyway, the mother of two of Pamela’s friends. I just do not feel like she meant it that way. Some of the other posters may very well feel the same as you and may be hurting also, especially if they knew the family. However I did not read or feel anything in their comments that compare to the heartache and pain that I feel coming from yours.

All I can do is imagine how you must have felt during that time. How in the world would any parent know what to tell their children about their friend? You not only felt the pain from the loss of a sweet little girl who was a friend to your children, the pain you must have felt for her mother and their entire family but you were dealing with your own daughters and their pain. It’s quite possible that you yourself may have suffered ptsd. You may have been afraid at some point and also feared for your own children. You all went through a very traumatic experience and I have no doubt that they have carried it with them all of these years. The details surrounding this case as you know are too much for some to handle.

Please except my apology for not recognizing your grief. I’m sorry.
Hogansville Resident

Atlanta, GA

#15 Nov 11, 2010
Ms. Thornton,

Thank you for understanding my clarification...
Anonymous

Lagrange, GA

#16 Nov 13, 2010
Hogansville Resident wrote:
Ms. Thornton,
Thank you for understanding my clarification...
you're welcome :)
wendy norton

United States

#17 Apr 2, 2011
im am so very sorry for you lose your family may not rember me but i was about a year or two older then pamala and we used to play together quite often. my aunt and uncle lived right down the street from her apartment. faye and lee payne were my cousins and jimmy and grace payne were my aunt and uncle. i used to stay with them on the weekend just so i could play with her to me she was my best friend. i can also say that scottie had tryed to get me to go out with him places alone and i wouldnt he had a lot of problems and neede alot of help. and i didnt trust him i was playing with pam that day and she told me she was go home to get something and i told her i would meet her back in front of her apartment in a few hours i had to go home to. she never meet me but i was also longer then i said i would be. I am 27 now and every day i think about her and say a little prayer for her family. I feel that i could have stoped it some how if i had just been on time to meet back up with her. I live with this every day. I miss her dearly. I love you pamala.
X hogansville resident

Bowling Green, KY

#18 Apr 28, 2011
I remember when this happened so so sad.... She was a beautiful lil girl.... Every time I think about this I pray for her family..... As for the boy Scottie he was my cousins friends who wasn't too bright but I blame that on his family..... I heard he was killed in prison @ age 16..... Such a sad tragic on both sides....
chill

Lagrange, GA

#19 Jul 2, 2011
Hogansville Resident wrote:
This is in response to Ms. Thorntons' post and the statement as far as her "not seeing anything coming across as keeping her memory alive"...
If you will go back to the post directly above mine you will see where Ms. Yearta is saying that the family should only be the ones able to preserve her memory.
This tragedy happened over 10 years ago...My daughters are now 21 and they still talk about her...so that memory is still there for two people that were not related to her, but they were her friend...they have kept her memory alive! My statement was not being harsh, it was merely to let her know that Pamela was loved by many more people than just those related to her, and it would be selfish to think that only the family deserves the right to hold precious memories of her.
thay say the boy wuzs killed in jail bet n rape 4 what he did am a black man n didnt know her butt it hurt me wen i haerd it from here n hated it plzs let it go .
Rachel Foley

United States

#20 Oct 18, 2011
Pamela wrote:
They caught the guy who killed her the night she was killed. The boy who killed her was 14. She's buried in hogansville. I think her last name is Duffy.
Pamela was my cousin,her last nameis Yearta.

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