*As prom season hits, parents of young women may have a new problem to be concerned with: young men who don’t take “No thank you” well.
Maren Sanchez, a 16-year-old junior at Jonathan Law High School in Milford, Conn. had everything to live for. She was well liked by her classmates; she was a student athlete and a member of the National Honor Society. But apparently she was not feeling the boy who asked her to the prom. A boy who, instead of taking the response as just one more in the course of life, allegedly decided to take her life instead.
Sanchez was pronounced dead at the hospital shortly after the 7 a.m. attack, according to Milford Police Chief, Keith Mello.
The identity of the boy, who is also a student at the school, is being withheld because of his age (16), but he remains in custody until a hearing can determine if he will be charged as a juvenile or an adult.
He is accused of stabbing Sanchez near a stairwell in the school; lacerating her neck, chest and face with a knife that was recovered at the scene, the police statement said.
“There was blood on her neck. It was awful,” said 16-year-old Sam Garcia, a junior at the school, as he walked home after officials closed the school soon after the incident. “I saw the girl lying on the stretcher when they took her out.”
The prom was set to begin on the eve of the same day that the incident took place. But due to this tragedy, it will be rescheduled, school officials announced.
Edward Kovac, a cousin of Sanchez, read a statement from the victim’s family Friday afternoon saying: “We are shocked and devastated.”
“Maren should be celebrating at her prom this evening, with her friends and classmates,” he said. “Instead, we are mourning her death.”
Classmates, friends and family mourn Sanchez’s death and celebrate her life in the CBS news video report below.
Thanks to MSN.com for information used in this article.