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Bench Dedicated to Alyssa Wiles, Mother Speaks Out

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DUNCAN, Okla._ Family and friends gathered in Duncan to celebrate and honor the life of Alyssa Wiles and dedicate a bench in her name at the Simmons Center. 

Wiles is the 14-year-old girl who was stabbed to death in her Duncan home by ex-boyfriend, 16-year-old Michael Ray, of Marlow. He admitted to the crime in the days after it happened on June 10.

But today was about Alyssa, not her death or her killer, rather the family's "baby girl" with high energy, a quirky personality and the ability to make someone laugh no matter what they were upset about. 

"She was always really hyper and could put anyone in a good mood," said Sally Pollock, Alyssa's best friend.

She is remembered as a young girl with a lovable and infectious personality.

"She just loved life," said Kaitlynn Young, a family friend. "She was always rambunctious and smiling or making someone else smile."

The bench being placed in front of the Simmons Center is symbolic. It was where Alyssa's dance recitals took place in the five years leading up to her death.  

Angela Wiles, Alyssa's mother, spoke for the first time since her daughter's passing.

"I hope she's happy and sees how much she was loved and cared for," she said. "I miss just coming home and getting a big hug and kiss."

These little things have even changed the way close friends live their lives.

"Tomorrow is a promise and that's what I've learned," said Young. "I'm just trying to live my life to the fullest."

For Mrs. Wiles, this bench means a long lasting memory to never be forgotten about.

"We're doing something to keep her memory alive that we continue on to make sure no one forget her," said Mrs. Wiles.

Mrs. Wiles does not like talking about her daughter's killer or the upcoming trial in January, but does want to warn other parents.

"The sad reality is that (teenage) girls are being murdered by boys," she said.

All funds raised will go toward a dance scholarship fund which the family started this summer. They hope to give three dance awards out each year so other dancers can take classes without having to worry about the money.

Michael Ray, the accused killer will begin trial January 2. He's charged with first-degree murder and will be tried as an adult for the crime. 

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