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Scholarship to honor slain Norman woman's love of dance

The Norman Public Schools' modern dance program will present its spring concert Saturday, with a special tribute to a former student who was killed in October 2010.
by Jane Glenn Cannon Published: May 10, 2012

— The parents of a Norman woman who was murdered two years ago have established a dance scholarship in her honor.

Josephine “Josie” Francisco-Herrera, 19, was passionate about dance. She was particularly inspired by the Norman Public Schools' modern dance program and was “ecstatic” about the possibility of studying dance in the future, her parents Ronney and Rae (Francisco) Herrera said.

Francisco-Herrera was stabbed to death Oct. 13, 2010, by 18-year-old Raymond McMasters at McMaster's home in Moore. McMasters has since pleaded guilty to the crime and is serving life in prison for first-degree murder.

Francisco-Herrera's former dance teacher, Candace Dragg, will honor Francisco-Herrera on Saturday when Norman High School and Norman North High School dance students present the annual Spring Modern Dance Concert. At the concert, Dragg will award the first $1,000 Josephine G. Herrera Modern Dance Scholarship to a senior dance student.

“When she tragically lost her life in October 2010 at the age of 19, her family decided to commemorate her passion for dance by assisting a graduating senior who participates in the modern dance program in Norman,” Dragg said.

The concert will be at 7 p.m. at the Nancy O'Brian Center for Performing Arts, 1809 Stubbeman Ave. Tickets are $7. All current Norman Public School eighth-graders will be admitted free.

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by Jane Glenn Cannon
Senior Reporter
A native of Oklahoma, Jane Glenn Cannon is an award-winning reporter who has covered everything from crime, courts and government to entertainment and features. She wrote a popular personal column for many years. She is a former associate writer...
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