(MILFORD, Conn.) — A high school junior was fatally stabbed Friday morning by a classmate after students said she apparently refused a boy’s offer to attend the prom Friday night as his date.
Maren Sanchez, 16, was stabbed while in the hallway at Jonathan Law High School in Milford, Conn., Friday morning, Chief of Police Keith Mello said at a news conference.
Sanchez was taken to Bridgeport Hospital, where she died from her wounds a short time later.
“There were some severe injuries that were visible around the neck area,” Mello said.
After the altercation, he said the suspect was taken into custody by the school resource officer.
Students have been dismissed for the day and prom has been postponed, officials said.
Police and school administrators did not confirm the motive, but said they were aware of reports about a possible dispute over the dance.
“We’re not going under that assumption right now until we have information that confirms that,” Milford Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Feser said. “Anything is possible. We’ll get to the bottom of how this happened, why this happened.”
The 16-year-old suspect, whose name has not been released, is scheduled to appear in juvenile court on Monday, where the state’s attorney will decide whether to charge him as an adult.
Sanchez was “extremely involved” at her school, according to Feser, who said she was an athlete and a member of the National Honor Society.
“[She was] a very well-respected, liked, academically did extremely well,” Feser said. “Just a wonderful young woman.”
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