Memorial dedicated to slain Duncan girl

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

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.

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