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Alyssa Wiles' Life Honored; Helps Raise Money for Teen Violence Support

Family and friends of a Duncan teen that was murdered by her ex- boyfriend last June gathered Saturday to raise money in her honor.
Family and friends of a Duncan teen that was murdered by her ex- boyfriend last June gathered Saturday to raise money in her honor.

More than 60 motorcycles hit the road for a poker run, followed by a silent auction, all raising money for a cause that's very important to the wiles family.

Women's Haven, a shelter and advocacy center that helps woman dealing with abuse in Duncan, is getting help from a family that says they could not repay them enough.

“You know first night they was there just seeing if we needed anything, someone to talk to or anything and just trying to help us out basically,” says Alyssa's Dad Brad Wiles.

The money raised at this fundraiser for Alyssa Wiles will help bring awareness to teen violence and will hopefully help other young girls before it's too late.

“We're looking at organizing a program in Alyssa’s name to help with teen dating and break up violence,” says Alyssa's Mom Brad Wiles.

Wiles says that program will be the first of it's kind, as there are no programs anywhere in the U.S. that help teens deal with dating violence.

But she says she hopes the program will help young girls feel more empowered.

“If they know of a friend that's in trouble or hear something going on that's not right, they should always stand up,” says Angela Wiles.

And the Wiles' say continuing to stand up for their daughter helps them still feel connected to her.

“In a weird way she's not gone basically because her memories still living on and everything like that, to see everything new, it's nice, she's part of it still, you know she's activity part of what were doing now,” says the Wiles.

Seeing the support Alyssa still has from friends family and her community makes them feel like everything they're doing is worth it because even though their daughters' life has ended they still have goals for her.

“Wanting to make sure we make her happy,” says Angela Wiles.

Money was also collected for a dance scholarship in Alyssa’s name.

They raised more than $3,000 for Women's Haven.
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