Connecticut high school student stabbed after alleged prom rejection

, Posted: Fri, April 25 2014 at 9:34 AM, Updated: Fri, April 25 2014 at 10:14 AM

Connecticut high school student stabbed after alleged prom rejection

Milford, Conn. (WVIT) --  A 16-year-old honor student has died after being stabbed by a fellow student at Jonathan Law High School hours before the Milford, Conn., school's prom, police said.

Maren Sanchez, a Jonathan Law junior, died following an altercation in a school hallway that occurred just after 7 a.m. Friday. A school staff member witnessed part of the attack, which took place near a stairwell, and tried to save the victim, who was later pronounced dead at a local hospital, Police Chief Keith Mello said.

The suspect, a 16-year-old student at the school, was taken into custody shortly after the incident.

Mello said he could not confirm the nature of the attack or what kind of weapon was used due to the ongoing investigation. He said the teen suffered "some severe injuries that were visible around the neck area.” Asked about rumors that the assault was related to a prom invitation, Mello said it is too soon to say what the motive was and whether the attack had any connection to the dance.

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