URI students remember Dominique Franco at basketball game


By Jordan Mazza


KINGSTON, R.I. (WLNE) — URI’s school color is blue — but tonight, there was a little more purple than usual.

It was the favorite color of Dominique Franco, the URI student who died suddenly earlier this week.

“It was definitely really sad to hear about,” said freshman Joey Loprete. “Obviously my heart goes out to her family and I just wish everyone the best in their healing process.”

Part of that process could be seen at Friday night’s basketball game against Davidson College.

Franco’s fellow nursing student and friend Tyler Fritz encouraged people to wear purple.

Players wore purple socks and the Ramette cheerleaders wore purple ribbons.

“Especially in a time like now, we’re all here, we got each other’s backs,” said senior Ramette Kim Rebeiro. “So that’s why we all want to show support.”

URI president David Dooley called Franco an enthusiastic nursing student involved in her sorority and school community.

Students say they’re trying to come together to honor her contributions to the community.

“It’s really nice to see everyone kind of come together in solidarity,” said senior Sara Straube, “whether they know her personally or not, to show that URI is a community.”


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