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Slain Teen Remembered at Seaside Vigil on Prom Night
A 16-year-old Connecticut girl is dead after a male classmate stabbed her outside of the classroom.
Investigators are looking into rumors that the attacker was angry because the girl wouldn't go to prom with him.
Police say High School junior Maren Sanchez was attacked by a classmate.
She was slashed in her neck, chest and face.
They say the attack happened in a stairwell at her school around 7am.
Staff members and first responders tried to save her life. But she was pronounced dead about an hour later at a local hospital.
The school community is devastated.
"Vibrant, very involved in Jonathan Law High School, an incredible contributor, someone who was loved and respected by her peers and students."
Investigators recovered a knife at the scene.
A 16-year-old male is being held at a local medical facility and a murder charge is pending.
Police haven't determined a motive.
The Police Chief cautioned against any speculation, including the idea that the boy was angry because Sanchez had refused his invitation to the prom.
"We've heard those stories or that information. Whether or not that's rumor or whether or not that's fact, we don't know. So I think it's important that no one here no one out here speculate on these rumors.
The victim's cousin read a statement from the family.
"Maren should be celebrating at her prom this evening, with her friends and classmates. Instead, we are mourning her death, and we are trying as a community to understand this senseless loss of life."
The school's prom, scheduled for last night, was postponed.
Family and friends held a vigil at a nearby Church and hundreds of people gathered at a local beach to release balloons.
Purple was Maren Sanchez's favorite color.
Her classmates heartbroken.
"She was very nice. She was gorgeous too."
"She was amazing. She did everything right, everybody loved her she was always smiling."