Police are investigating the stabbing death of student at Jonathan Law High School in Milford on Friday morning. Maren Sanchez was attacked in the hallway around 7:15 am.
Police Chief Keith Mello said a 16-year-old boy was taken into custody. His name wasn't released because of juvenile offender laws. Police are investigating whether he attacked her because she turned down an invitation to be his prom date.
"This is a difficult day for Milford. It's an even a more difficult day for the Jonathan Law High School Community," Mello told reporters at a press conference. "Any time there's a death, it's tragic. It's especially difficult when it's a young person, like we see this morning."
Police say staff members and paramedics performed life saving measures on the girl, but she later died at Bridgeport Hospital.
Maren Sanchez was in the National Honor Society and was engaged in school activities according to school Superintendent Elizabeth Feser. “She was a 16-year-old junior: vibrant; very, very involved in Jonathan Law High School," Feser said. "[She was] an incredible contributor, someone who was loved and respected. The Jonathan Law community greatly mourns the loss of Maren. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family.”
Students were released from school early, and the prom, which was scheduled for tonight, was postponed.
This report includes information from the Associated Press and WSHU.