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Duncan Girl Remembered at Bench Dedication

Residents of Duncan rallied together Sunday to honor a life that was taken too soon.
Residents of Duncan rallied together Sunday to honor a life that was taken too soon.

In June, 14 year old Alyssa Wiles was found dead in her home.

Her former boyfriend, 16 year old Michael Anthony Ray, is being charged as an adult for stabbing her to death.

Last month, he entered a not guilty plea.

He had earlier confessed to the murder.

But Sunday was about remembrance and moving forward as a bench was dedicated in Wiles' honor.

Her family says she brightened family gatherings, she knew how to make people laugh and loved to dance.

But one of the things they miss the most is her bright smile.

“She was always taking pictures and so you would always see her smile, even if it was just pictures of herself on her cell phone, so that's what we miss the most, her fun, keeping us busy and doing things,” says Alyssa's Mom Angela Wiles

A bench in her honor now stands where her family holds some of their greatest memories as she danced at the Simmons Center throughout the years.

“Her and her dad did the daddy daughter dance and they would like plan out there routine, how they were going to come off stage last and what they would do crazy to end off their dance for that year,” says Wiles.

And at the dedication Sunday family and friends wore her favorite color, lime green, and released balloons in her memory.

Her mom hopes some good can come out of this tragedy by passing on a message she hopes can help save someone else's life.

“I would hope that not only young girls but also parents realize that at a younger age, these boys are being disrespectful to woman, they're not learning to respect them at a younger age,” says Wiles.

Her family wants to keep her memory alive through the one thing she loved the most, dance.

They have started a dance scholarship in her honor, helping give young girls a chance to follow their dreams while keeping Alyssa's memory dancing forever.

If you would like to donate to the dance scholarship fund you can visit the First Bank and Trust in Duncan and ask fro the Alyssa Wiles Fund.

You can also mail money or transfer it if you live out of town.
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