School holds benefit dinner for slain Oklahoma City girl

The Parent Teacher Association hosted a benefit dinner for fourth-grader Jasmen Gonzalez, 10, of Oklahoma City. Jasmen was abducted from an apartment in Carrollton, Texas, while visiting relatives and was fatally stabbed.
BY TIFFANY GIBSON tgibson@opubco.com Published: November 17, 2011

Hundreds of people packed the John Glenn Elementary School cafeteria Wednesday night for a dinner benefiting the family of fourth-grader Jasmen Gonzalez, who was abducted and fatally stabbed in Texas last month.

The school's Parent Teacher Association hosted the dinner in hopes of helping the family with funeral and transportation costs.

Elvira and Hector Gonzalez sat in front of the stage and wore purple shirts in remembrance of their daughter. Purple was Jasmen's favorite color.

Shana Smith, dance instructor for the Yumare Mexican Folkloric Dancers Inc., said the dinner was a way for the community to come together and show support.

“We want to make everything a little easier for them,” Smith said. “I would like to see the whole community embrace each other a little more.”

She said her dancers wanted to perform dances relating to various states in Mexico to pay tribute to 10-year-old Jasmen. She said Jasmen joined the dance group about two years ago and really enjoyed performing the dance “Tilingo Lingo” from Veracruz, Mexico.

When the group would practice, Smith said she recalls Jasmen talking a lot during instructions.

“She was a very silly little girl. She was one you could never be mad at,” she said, adding that Jasmen had a smile that would make you forget any frustration.


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