DUNCAN, Okla. (AP) - Duncan residents have dedicated a memorial to a 14-year-old girl who was stabbed to death in June.
Family members and town officials dedicated a bench Sunday to Alyssa Wiles outside the Simmons Center, where those who share Wiles' love of dance can gather in future years to rehearse for recitals.
Alyssa was a dancer who had just finished the eighth grade at Duncan Middle School before she died.
Police allege that Alyssa was stabbed to death by an ex-boyfriend, Michael Anthony Ray, who was arrested two days after the incident and is charged with first-degree murder.
Family and friends say Alyssa's legacy remains at the Heartbeat Dance Studio, where a scholarship has been made in the girl's honor.