Vinnie Franco, pre-medical/guitar freshman, died in Chicago during the winter break.
Franco was pronounced dead at 9 p.m. Dec. 31, according to Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
Originally from Brazil, the 19-year-old student lived with a host family in Norman, Oklahoma. He worked in the Wanda L. Bass School of Music dean’s suite. He was a member of University Chorale and the OCU Guitar Studio.
Franco’s death will be addressed at music assembly at 1 p.m. Jan. 9 in Petree Recital Hall in Kirkpatrick Fine Arts Center. The assembly is open to all. Information about funeral services will be shared once arrangements are finalized.
If students need assistance following Franco’s death, the university offers free counseling services. For more information about counseling or to schedule an appointment, call 405-208-7901 or visit the counseling page. Pastoral care is also available by calling 405-208-5060.
Contributing: Photo Editor Elina Moon | Featured image courtesy of Franco’s Facebook page