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Connecticut high school stabbing: 16-year-old killed after prom date rejection

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The Connecticut high school stabbing of a 16-year-old girl by a 16-year-old boy ended with the girl being dead and the boy facing murder charges. Fellow Connecticut high school students are saying that the fatal stabbing on Friday morning occurred because the girl “apparently refused a boy's offer to attend the prom tonight as his date,” reported First Coast News on April 25.

Following the fatal Connecticut high school stabbing, the prom has been postponed while investigators are trying to piece together the details of why a 16-year-old boy would kill his classmate. According to the above Newsy video, the boy was the girl's former boyfriend.

Maren Sanchez, the 16-year-old girl who was fatally stabbed on Friday morning in the hallway at Jonathan Law High School in Milford, Conn., was a high school honor student and a member of the National Honor Society. She was extremely involved in her high school as an athlete and as the manager of her school’s swim team. As a member of the school’s drama club, she was preparing for a May 2 role in the production of “Little Shop of Horrors.”

Beyond her academic and personal accomplishments, Sanchez was valued as a community member who stood up for causes like underage drinking and veteran’s services. Most of all, Sanchez was a 16-year-old girl filled with “hopes and dreams.”

But instead of going to her prom on Friday night, the dedicated young girl was in the morgue. On March 3, Sanchez had posted a photo of herself on the Jonathan Law High School Facebook group page with the words, “Yay, So excited!" The photo showed the beautiful young woman in a new dress – ready for her prom.

When Maren went to school on Friday morning, the day of her prom, she was reportedly approached by a 16-year-old classmate in the hallway of her high school in Connecticut. According to Milford Police Chief Keith Mello, around 7:15 a.m., a staff member witnessed part of the assault on Sanchez during which her neck, chest and face were slashed with a knife. Even though the staff member and other emergency personnel rushed to help her, it was too late. Maren Sanchez was pronounced dead at 7:43 a.m.

The 16-year-old alleged mail assailant was immediately removed by staff members and taken into custody. He is being held at a local medical facility and is facing a murder charge pending an investigation. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday in a juvenile court in New Haven. The fatal knife that killed Sanchez was found by investigators. Students at Jonathan Law High School indicate that the motive for the fatal stabbing was because the 16-year-old girl “refused to go to the prom with the attacker Friday night.” However, according to a Fox News report, “Milford police have not confirmed the motive.”

After the fatal Connecticut high school stabbing, high school Principal Fran Thompson wrote an email to his students on Friday that was filled with a heavy heart. “Maren, a junior, was everything right with Jonathan Law. An honor student, active member of our school community and incredible young woman, her time with us was much too short but her spirit will be with us forever.”

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