Suspect in two N.C. girls’ death in fatal crash remains jailed; community mourns their deaths


As a North Carolina community mourns the death of two girls killed last week in a crash, a Louisiana man remains jailed in Horry County on two counts of reckless homicide.

Skyler Emore, 9, and her cousin, Dakota Shepherd, 11, both from the Timberlake, N.C., area were pronounced dead from internal injures at the scene of the July 21 crash on U.S. 17 near Pirateland Family Camping Resort, authorities said.

The girls and their family had arrived in the Myrtle Beach area for a vacation just the day before the crash. Officials said they believed the family was turning into a nearby souvenir beachwear store when the crash occurred. 

Neil Joesph DeJean, 47, of Duson, La., remains at J. Reuben Long Detention Center without bond on the charges, which also include one count of open alcohol container, according to jail records.