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Connecticut Teenager Stabbed To Death After Reportedly Rejecting Prom Proposal

Police said a 16-year-old boy allegedly stabbed Maren Sanchez, 16, in the throat after she turned down his invitation to junior prom. Update: Sanchez died of wounds to her torso and neck, Connecticut's chief medical examiner said Sunday.

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A Connecticut high school student is dead after being stabbed in the throat at Jonathan Law High School in Milford, Conn.

Milford Police Chief Keith Mello said he heard that the stabbing occurred after Maren Sanchez, 16, rejected the prom invitation from a 16-year-old boy in the hallway of the school on Friday morning, hours before the school's prom, but said that he could not confirm this was the case.

Sanchez died later at Bridgeport Hospital, police said. The medical examiner's office ruled that Maren Sanchez's death was a homicide. She died of wounds to her torso and neck, Connecticut's chief medical examiner said Sunday.

Jonathan Law was placed on lockdown after the incident and students were sent home after the scene of the stabbing was secured.

The school's junior prom, scheduled for Friday, has been postposed, officials said.

The suspect — his name has not been released by police — is charged with murder as a juvenile in the stabbing. His attorney, Richard Meehan, says his client is being held in a hospital under psychiatric evaluation. The 16-year-old suspect will not appear at the arraignment scheduled for Monday in New Haven.

Meehan has said he expects his client to eventually be charged as an adult and that the suspect's family is reeling from the attack.

Police tape blocking off lot at Jonathan Law High School.

Charlotte Adinolfi@NHR_CharlotteA

Police tape blocking off lot at Jonathan Law High School.

09:10 AM - 25 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Supt of #milford schools Feser says Sanchez was an athlete and in the national honor society

Savannah Mul@SSAVANIMAL

Supt of #milford schools Feser says Sanchez was an athlete and in the national honor society

11:57 AM - 25 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

School super says school district devastated by death of student.

Robert Goulston@rgoulston

School super says school district devastated by death of student.

11:40 AM - 25 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

School has surveillance video, no metal detectors at the high school.

Amanda Raus@amandaraus

School has surveillance video, no metal detectors at the high school.

11:47 AM - 25 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Following the stabbing, Jonathan Law students started a #prayformaren hashtag on Twitter.

So sad, can't believe this. She is literally the sweetest girl I know. Please pray for her and her family #prayformaren

ashley mendillo@ashhmendilloo

So sad, can't believe this. She is literally the sweetest girl I know. Please pray for her and her family💙 #prayformaren

11:29 AM - 25 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

I dont care about my birthday, turning 17, or celebrating it. I care about that angel who was put through Hell. #PrayForMaren ❤️We love you

Jenn Botsko@JenBotsko

I dont care about my birthday, turning 17, or celebrating it. I care about that angel who was put through Hell. #PrayForMaren 🙏❤️We love you

11:05 AM - 25 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

all of Milford is praying for you ❤️ #milfordstrong #prayformaren

abby weber @abbyweber15

all of Milford is praying for you ❤️ #milfordstrong #prayformaren

10:20 AM - 25 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#PrayForMaren #NeverForget such a great girl who went to law. She didn't deserve this.

jesiree carrera@jexyy

#PrayForMaren #NeverForget such a great girl who went to law. She didn't deserve this.

10:42 AM - 25 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Please everyone #prayformaren she's the best person ever and deserves everyone's support

håÿłęÿ śäñçhēž@hayley_sanchezz

Please everyone #prayformaren she's the best person ever and deserves everyone's support💛

10:32 AM - 25 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Sanchez's cousin Edward Kovac read a statement from the family Friday afternoon calling the incident "shocking and devastating." Kovac said Sanchez was "a bright light full of hopes and dreams with the future at her fingertips."

Michael Hayes is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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