Classmates to honor URI student by wearing purple Friday

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SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — Students and fellow members of a women’s fraternity at the University of Rhode Island (URI) plan to wear purple this coming Friday to honor a student who died suddenly over the weekend.

The university chapter Zeta Tau Alpha posted on its Facebook page asking members and the community to wear purple in the memory of Dominique Franco, the chapter’s president.

Rescue crews were called to the Zeta Tau Alpha house on Saturday morning for a medical emergency, and Franco was later pronounced dead at South County Hospital.

Franco’s classmate, Tyler Fritz, encouraged friends to join in the event on Friday, Feb. 22, the first day of class she will not be present. He said purple was her favorite color.

“She spread positivity in every room she entered,” Fritz said on Facebook.

Dave Lavallee, a spokesperson for URI, said Franco’s death is not considered suspicious.

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