Thousands attend vigil at Jonathan Law High School in Milford for slain student Maren Sanchez

Maren Sanchez was killed at the school last

Maren Sanchez was killed at the school last Friday. (Credit: News 12 Connecticut)

MILFORD - Thousands of people attended a vigil Monday night in Milford for Maren Sanchez, the student who was killed at Jonathan Law High School last Friday.

Many people at the vigil wore purple, Sanchez's favorite color, and carried purple flowers. Gov. Dannel Malloy was among the attendees.

Sanchez was involved in the school's production of "Little Shop of Horrors" and her drama teacher says the play will be performed in her memory.

Police say Sanchez, 16, was pushed down a stairwell and stabbed with a knife in the neck and torso by a male classmate. Students say the suspect attacked Sanchez after she declined his invitation to the junior prom, which was to be held that night, but was postponed after the attack. Police say they're investigating the prom angle.

Police have declined to identify the suspect, but he has been identified in media reports as 16-year-old Chris Plaskon, a junior at the school.

The junior prom has not been rescheduled yet, but the Autumn Rose Florist in Milford says that when it is, it will give out free corsages and boutonnieres made with purple flowers in honor of Sanchez.

A wake for Sanchez will be held Thursday at the Cody-White Funeral Home on Broad Street in Milford. The wake will be open to the public and will be held from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. No funeral service is planned, but a memorial fund has been set up in her name.

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Maren Sanchez’s Wake

Wake Information

Maren Sanchez Family Fundraisers

The Milford community has rallied to the aid of the Jonathan Law High School community and to Maren Sanchez's family since her death on Friday.

If you would like to donate directly to the Sanchez family:

The Maren Sanchez Memorial Fund
c/o Attorney Mike McCabe
23 Sunnyside Court
Milford CT 06460

The United Way of Milford's Cut-a-Thon, scheduled at Flip Salon in Devon on May 4, will not be held due to the recent tragedy. Instead, Flip will be holding an event that day to support the Sanchez family and to honor Maren's legacy. All interested in supporting this community event should contact Flip Salon's owner, Frank.

The United Way of Milford, our 22 partner agencies and staff, wish to express our condolences to Maren's family and friends. Several of our agencies have been on the ground since Friday morning, offering support to the student body, staff and others affected by this tragedy. With heavy hearts, we are ‪#‎milfordstrong.

Amity Teen Center
10 Selden Street
May 10, 2014
$10 at the door
Featuring DJ Sith





Flip Salon : 203-713-8180

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